We celebrate ground breaking American artist Cory Arcangel’s inaugural institution exhibition at the cc Foundation with a presentation of Jeans/Lakes, 2016 (Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Paris & London). The Lakes series, comments on our current image-obsessed cultural and reveals a tension in contemporary attitudes towards the preservation of culture.
About | Cory Arcangel was born in 1978 in Buffalo (NY); After having lived in New York for 15 years, Arcangel recently moved to Stavanger, Norway, and still maintains his studio in Brooklyn, New York.
Arcangel’s unique approach to making art stems from his education in classical guitar and music technology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio in the late 1990s, which coincided with the start of the digital revolution and inspired him to self-identify as an artist, composer, programmer and entrepreneur. The impartiality with which Arcangel perceives software, hardware and Internet resources as raw art materials, placing them in new contexts, reveals a completely novel style. In the mid-2000s, he became well-known particularly through his method of applying archaeology in historical computer technology of the 1980s, while in recent years he has expanded his repertoire of art material and digital sources. The ageing process of technologies is a central theme in Arcangel's work. He is the youngest artist since Bruce Nauman to have been given a full floor solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 2011. A consummate web surfer, in 2014 Cory Arcangel launched a software and merchandise publishing company under the imprint Arcangel Surfware that included T-shirts, sweatpants, bed sheets and iPhone covers - things needed to surf the Internet. Its first flagship store opened in Stavanger, Norway, in September 2018.