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Tandem Press | “Cullen Houser: Singularity” Exhibition Reception

April 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Tandem Press as we host a reception for Singularity, a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition by Cullen Houser, University of Wisconsin–Madison MFA candidate and 2022–2023 Tandem Press Project Assistant.
Exhibition dates: March 20–April 14, 2023.
Note: this reception coincides with a concert in the Tandem Press Friday Jazz Series (5–7pm).

Exhibition Statement:

I create work that dissects and reconstructs the overstimulating manifestation of a post-internet world. My process of layering media, both analog and digital, stems from my history as an intaglio printmaker. These tense environments are filled with neon and videoworks that collide with paint, collage, and prints. Resulting in maze-like compositions, the constant flux among the materials forms a flexible hierarchy of imagery. The boundaries of each mark are redefined through interactivity and context, which causes the work to establish a life and agency of its own.

This bombardment of mark-making mimics the flood of online interactions from social media, advertisements, and news outlets. I regurgitate these experiences, filtering the onslaught of information by building chaotic compositions. Themes of decay and dystopia intertwine with contemporary internet culture, lifting a veil to an alternate realm. I strain the relation between digital and analog by forcing a union of materials, including lights, color, and motion. Although the images are ambiguous, the technology firmly places the work in the present moment. The visible cables and hardware create a nebulous ecosystem, where mark-making echoes my experiences of sensory overload.

Some of my images, including videoworks and screen printed plexiglass of distorted faces, are created with artificial intelligence. Although controversial, I am interested in AI’s ambivalence toward accuracy. The uncanny representations that result from AI algorithms cause me to question the notion of self in a digitized world. These warped portraits and pixelated motifs are channeled through my use of digital iconography, internet culture, and an apprehension of AI advancements to process the assimilation of technology in our everyday lives.

Artist Biography:

Cullen Houser is a multidisciplinary artist working in printmaking, neon lights, and digital media. Through his layered assemblages, the interactivity of various materials blur the lines between analog and digital spaces. Houser received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sonoma State University with an emphasis in printmaking in 2018. Houser received the Tandem Press Gabriele S. Haberland Travel Award in 2022 and the UW-Madison Temkin Exhibition Award in 2023. Houser is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Maidson where he works as a Project Assistant in the Tandem Press studio.

This exhibition, along with all Tandem Press exhibition programming, is made possible through support from the Anonymous Fund.


April 7
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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