Thursday 23 May 2013

"GEORGE WIDENER makes Art for robots...

GEORGE WIDENER, Robot Puzzle, 2011, mixed media on paper, Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander

...But You'd Better See His Berlin Exhibit Even If You're Human"  

read Jonathon Keats review of the solo show at the Hamburger Bahnhof on

"In the small world of contemporary art, George Widener has largely been ignored. There’s no reason to believe that he cares. Filled with mathematical calculations, his watercolor drawings are notnecessarily designed for the enjoyment of humans. He’d be more content to be admired by robots. 

Medically classified as an autistic savant – and sufficiently agile with calendrical calculations to be featured in the Science Channel’s Ingenious Minds series – Widener is certainly more mathematically adept than most people. He can instantly reckon the day of the week for any calendar date based on patterns he perceives. Those same patterns, inscrutable to most, inform his art. 

A highly-deserved solo show at the Hamburger Bahnhof – his first in Europe – samples this extraordinary body of work. Bearing titles like “Robot Puzzle”, these intricately patterned works on paper have been generously produced by Widener so that future hyperintelligent computers will be well provided for in their off hours, and might even be encouraged to like our dimwitted species after the Singularity renders our brains obsolete." (...)

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