ANDY DECK makes public art for the Internet that resists generic categorization: collaborative drawing spaces, game-like search engines, problematic interfaces, informative art.
Deck has made art software since 1990, initially using it to produce short films. Since 1994, he has worked with the Web using the sites artcontext.com and andyland.net. An avid critic of corporate culture and militarism, Deck’s hybrid news-art projects have addressed a variety of issues that are regularly misrepresented in the mass media. In the interest of preserving this available alternative media, and sensing the drift of the Internet toward a marketing and entertainment medium, he has allied himself with open source software developers, optimizing his work for use with the Linux operating system, and publishing source code for much of his software.
His works have been exhibited at: Art on the Net (Machida City Museum, Tokyo), Net_Condition (ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany), Ideogram II (Moving Image Gallery, NYC), War Bulletin Board and Mac Classics (Postmaster’s Gallery, NYC), Art Entertainment Network (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis), 1998 Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria). Andy studied for a Post-diplôme, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; and received his MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYC. He has taught at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Sarah Lawrence College, and New York University, and now at SVA.
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On his work:
“There is an integratedness that encompasses the technical experimentation and the art/activism blending. Both are ways of challenging the limits that earlier generations of artists (and spectators) have been saddled with in the art/culture market (ideology).” – Andy Deck.
If one is inclined to pull out an overall message from Deck’s varied and well-informed critical artwork. You wouldn’t be venturing far off base in acknowledging that a contemporary artist or creative entity not only must confront changing technological circumstances that disrupt familiar paradigms of art and the artist, but also must possibly consider evolving and re-evaluating our inherited socially constructed attitudes, politically and emotionally. Many have discovered that it is no longer enough to be an artist alone in the singular sense of the word.
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Deck also publishes essays here.