From Penelope Umbrico’s Broken Sets (2009):

“Broken Sets” are cropped images of broken LCD TV  screens for sale on eBay. These abstract formal compositions collapse  the breakdown and failure of new technology with the aesthetic formalism  of utopian Modernist abstraction.

Umbrico (previously) (forthcoming) is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Her work expresses the visual language of late internet capitalism, data overload, and the collision of new media with old cliches so elegantly. I’m trying to piece together a thought or two about data and aggregation and digital collection as artistic medium, and whether or not it’s inevitable that it will be self-reverential.
Broken Sets also reminds me of Stephan Tillman’s gorgeous photos of the column of light that appears when TVs are switched off (via everywhere, probably Kottke). From that series, Luminant Point Arrays:

From Penelope Umbrico’s Broken Sets (2009):

“Broken Sets” are cropped images of broken LCD TV screens for sale on eBay. These abstract formal compositions collapse the breakdown and failure of new technology with the aesthetic formalism of utopian Modernist abstraction.

Umbrico (previously) (forthcoming) is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Her work expresses the visual language of late internet capitalism, data overload, and the collision of new media with old cliches so elegantly. I’m trying to piece together a thought or two about data and aggregation and digital collection as artistic medium, and whether or not it’s inevitable that it will be self-reverential.

Broken Sets also reminds me of Stephan Tillman’s gorgeous photos of the column of light that appears when TVs are switched off (via everywhere, probably Kottke). From that series, Luminant Point Arrays:

Stephen Tillmans, Luminant Point Arrays