“I’ll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen” — the new exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth — showcases electronic software and hardware from the late ’60s to the present day, everything from Andy Warhol’s original Commodore Amiga computer to 3D printings and NFTs.
But curator Alison Hearst said that artists haven’t simply adopted these technologies as a new means to produce works: “As in life, every artist is impacted by technology in one way or another. But the artists in this exhibition specifically use this screen as a tool and an irresistible subject in their work.”
“I’ll Be Your Mirror” is a sweeping group survey — large in scope and physically large as well, with single works taking up entire rooms, entire walls. (One artist featured is UNT professor Liss Lafleur and her work, “Queen Bee is Stinging Mad.”)
So the show is all about artists looking at life amid the networks, the data swarm, the deluge of pixels, simulations and cybersecurity. To organize all this, Hearst has grouped the artworks into nine themes, including such topics as “liminal space,” “the posthuman body” and “automation and the loneliness epidemic.”
A sampler of four artworks and their themes:
1. The Repository: “Total Recall” by Gretchen Bender, 1987