Reception: Wednesday, March 30th, from 6 to 8 pm
Exhibition: March 31 to April 30, 2011
Sloan Fine Art is pleased to present “COMPUTER SCIENCE” by
Shortly after his first son was born, artist Jonathan Viner naturally
had fatherhood and his own childhood on his mind. As children, Viner and
his twin brother spent hours visiting the robotics lab at the New York
Institute of Technology, where their father taught and worked. Faded memories
of “computer nerds” playing Dungeons and Dragons, sharing
ideas, and celebrating on New Year's Eve came back to him as the artist
shuttled between infant care, painting and conversations with artists,
critics and enthusiasts over Facebook.
Inspired by the stunning impact these unlikely heroes from his childhood
have had on the world, Viner began hunting online for class photos of
computer science majors from the 1970's. Those old photos, mined through
Google on an iPad, became the starting point for “COMPUTER SCIENCE.”
Further influenced by great portrait painters from the canon of art history,
including Ingres and Currin, Viner set out to recreate these symbolic
figures from his youth, infusing them with all of the idiosyncratic humor
and thoughtfulness from his memories. Google, Facebook and Apple are blended
with hog hair bristle brushes, oils and turpentine. By merging contemporary
content and high tech resources with the centuries-old tools and methods
of oil painting, Jonathan Viner pays homage to his own father and to the
prophets of Computer Science from his childhood who went on to shape the
world in which his own son will grow up.
A native New Yorker, Jonathan Viner earned his BFA from Rhode Island School
of Design. “COMPUTER SCIENCE” is his fourth solo exhibition
in New York and second at Sloan Fine Art.
Image: Jonathan Viner,
"0011," 2011, oil on panel, 20" x 16"