Photoshop CS: 110 by 72 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Spectrum," mousedown y=31100 x=1500, mouse up y=32850 x=800

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  • Provenance

    Team Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

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    Cory Arcangel, 'Photoshop CS: 110 by 72 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Spectrum," mousedown y=31100 x=1500, mouse up y=32850 x=800', Lot 43

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, 2 October 2019

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘All of a sudden millions of people were expressing themselves through a computer. I feel it’s the most interesting thing to happen in like 20 years. Although my works can end up on walls, and physical, like sculptures, it often comes from me sitting where I like to be – at my computer’ - Cory Arcangel

    In Photoshop CS: 110 by 72 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Spectrum," mousedown y=31100 x=1500, mouse up y=32850 x=800, 2008, Cory Arcangel presents a kaleidoscope of gradients radiating from a single point. Conceived with the mouse of his computer in just one-click, the image was initially materialised using the graphics editing programme Adobe Photoshop, before being transformed into a unique large-scale c-print using the highest quality of print technology, mounting and framing. A quintessential and early work from Arcangel’s young opus, the work forms part of the artist’s widely celebrated Photoshop Gradient Demonstrations commenced in 2007, whereby each composition’s title supplies the exact coordinates of the user’s mouse as it hovers over the x- and y- axes of the gridded source. Eight examples from the series were exhibited on the occasion of Arcangel’s breakthrough survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2011, an event which epitomised his growing success, and hailed him the youngest artist since Bruce Nauman to be bestowed a full-floor solo show within the institution.

    Claiming that his computer is where he ‘feels at home’, Arcangel began delving into his formal investigation of technology when he was a student in classical guitar and music technology at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio in the late 1990s. There, he started reworking old computer systems from the 1970s and 1980s, crystalising their contemporary state before reaching potential obsolence. He deepened this thematic exploration when he began using Photoshop and other computer softwares as creative tools, conjuring familiar yet entirely new aesthetics based on pervasive technological sources. The present work perfectly captures this stylistic shift; it represents a key example of his Photoshop Gradient Demonstrations, where the impetuosity of the creative act meets the finite nature of the readymade.

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Photoshop CS: 110 by 72 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Spectrum," mousedown y=31100 x=1500, mouse up y=32850 x=800

Diasec-mounted c-print, in artist's frame
image 278.2 x 181.5 cm (109 1/2 x 71 1/2 in.)
overall 286.9 x 190.7 cm (112 7/8 x 75 1/8 in.)

Executed in 2008.

Estimate
£100,000 - 150,000 

sold for £325,000

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Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Europe
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

London Auction 2 October 2019