No one is sure how many images there are on the Internet. Google has nearly a billion. Some say it is hundreds of times more than that. People say that you can find a picture of anything on the Internet, as though the entire visual world is reflected there.
For How to Talk to Images at London's HTTP Gallery, Richard Wright has compiled a database of 50,000 random Internet images as the raw content for two artworks, which explore new conceptions of the image, called for by the sheer quantity of visual information now available via the Internet.
As part of How to Talk to Images, Richard Wright's first solo exhibition in London, a selection of Wright's animated films demonstrates the development of his current interest in the Baroque. The exhibition is also the occasion of publication of a limited-edition poster featuring an essay by the artist illustrated by the entire visual history of the Western alphabet from its pictorial Egyptian origins 5,000 years ago to its perfected form under the Romans, as well as a new book documenting the artists twenty year long practice.
About the artist:
Richard Wright is a visual artist working in the fields of digital moving image and networked interaction. During the 1990s, Richard was one of the pioneers of digital animation as a distinct artistic form, with films being shown at numerous festivals and exhibitions and broadcast by television channels around the world. In 1998 he received a PhD in the aesthetics of digital film making and has published nearly forty book chapters, articles and reviews. In 2004 he joined Mongrel an artists group internationally recognized for their work in software art and 'free-media'. Since 2007 Richard has been Artist in Residence at Furtherfield.org in London.
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