Nature Falls is a serial exhibition of digital works by Nicolas Sassoon. Throughout the summer of 2015, Plug In ICA will present a selection of Sassoon’s work beginning with Out My Window #1, a black and white digital animation of zigzagging black bands moving across a patterned field. We start with a window as a screen from which four of his other works can be seen, including Red Sea, Sunny Lands, Green Waves, and Liquid Gold, a new work produced for his exhibition at Plug In ICA.
Sassoon is recognized for his digital animation, which he presents and distributes online, as well as for his projections that create immersive installations which respond to architectural space, both articulating and fabricating the built environment. In all of Sassoon’s work there is an embrace of early video technology and graphics — a counting and annunciation of pixels if you will, but it isn’t a nostalgic look back as much as a desire to represent complex forms and phenomena by minimal means.
Nature Falls is a selection of Sassoon’s work that represents the natural environment from the landscape to meteorological occurrences. The artist often uses nature as his subject matter, capturing the movement of the ocean as it hits the shore or the rain falling on a window, through a layering of distinct pixelated colours. Each saturated square retains its individual shape but it is amassed to create a graphic digital pattern that replicates the movement of organic forms. Just as the flow of a waterfall can mesmerize, Sassoon’s animations form hypnotic fields. Through the window, and in Sassoon’s case, the computer screen, he sets himself and the viewer outside into a plane of movement and colour.
For each new work Plug In ICA has invited writers and artists, including Andrew Berardini, Jinhan Ko, Alex Snukal and Alex Quicho and to respond to the individual works presented as part of Nature Falls. The responses will be published online as each work is launched.
Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and the RBC Foundation as well as our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.
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