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Andrew Neumann’s latest wall panels move in a variety of new directions, including the use of digital photography (“Rink”, “Field), which are the first in a series that investigate “frozen” vs. “dynamic” time; a wall installation (“Line”), that strips away the plywood chassis and lays bare all the inner workings, (“Wipe”), which explores a common time-based transitional device, and (“Fan”,”Quartet”, and “Wire”), pieces that are purely self-referential.
Neumann, a 2004 Guggenheim Fellow continues to explore the use of video technology as a source of self referentiality, irony, paradox; it
attempts to debase the mystery surrounding the transmission of the electronic image; it’s cold precise representation of the world, it’s tendency to allow one to act as voyeur; it’s potential for immediate gratification. These works explore and implode the myths generated by 21st century technology. The use of bare plywood in many of the pieces attempts to negate the so called “hi-tech” iconography associated with the work. In fact one could almost call these pieces “Electronic Folk Art”.
Andrew Neumann is a Boston-based artist who works in a variety of media, including sculpture, electronic/interactive music, and film and video installation. His original artistic output consisted of single channel videos and films. He then moved on to integrate a variety of electronic and digital technologies into his 3D and sculptural work. In addition to this, he has been building electronic musical interfaces, and is very active in electro-acoustic improvisation. He has had one-person shows at the DeCordova Museum, MA, bitforms Gallery in New York City, ArtSpace, New Haven and a solo show for the Boston Cyberarts Festival. His music is available on Sublingual Records. His single channel videos have been shown on PBS, The Worldwide Video Festival, Artist Space, and elsewhere. He has had solo music/video performances at Experimental Intermedia and Roulette, both in NYC.
In 2001 he was Artist in Residence at the iEAR Studio at Rensalear Polytech Institute and at the Visual Studies Workshop. He has also had residencies at The MacDowell Colony (2000), YADDO (1999, ’03), Ucross Foundation (1998), Steim (1999), Atlantic Center for the Arts (2001), Art/OMI (2000), and the Experimental Television Center (1982, ’87). In 2003 he was a Finalist in Sculpture/Installation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He was a New England Film/Video Finalist in video in 1988 and a received a Fellowship in video in 1985. He received The Andrew Mellon Faculty Enrichment Grant in 1992. Andrew has a B.S. from Emerson college. Till recently, he taught filmmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has also been an instructor at the Art Institute of Boston and the Boston Film/Video Foundation.