Sara Ludy - Space Portraits
In Sara Ludy’s “Space Portraits,” she reveals spatial explorations of models from Google’s SketchUp 3D Warehouse. An ominous synthetic soundtrack accompanies Ludy’s ethereal manipulations of architectural space. Her interest in the creative constraints of “defaults” of both architecture and software manifests in the work in the models chosen, as well as in the textures created by Ludy using a simple browser-based painting tool used in online forums.Niio is the premium discovery and display platform for curated video and new media art, experienced across private and public spaces. The curatorial program features limited-edition media art collections from leading archives, galleries and artists.
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Steven Sacks is the founder and director of bitforms gallery, considered one of the leading galleries in the world focusing on new media. Founded in 2001, the gallery represents established, mid-career, and emerging artists critically engaged with new technologies. Spanning the rich history of media art through its current developments, the gallery’s program offers an incisive perspective on the fields of digital, internet, time-based, and new media art forms. Supporting and advocating for the collection of ephemeral, time-based, and digital art works since its founding, bitforms gallery artists are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Center for Art and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, among other institutions internationally.
Rooms is a spatial exploration of a house model downloaded from the Google Sketchup 3D Warehouse. The video shows familiar elements of an architecture twisting and abstracting into a disorienting experience.
“The latest in her series of “Space Portraits,” Sara Ludy’s new video “Rooms” shows the artist’s spatial explorations of models from Google’s SketchUp 3D Warehouse. An ominous synthetic soundtrack accompanies Ludy’s ethereal manipulations of architectural space. Her interest in the creative constraints of “defaults” of both architecture and software manifests in the work in the models chosen, as well as in the textures created by Ludy using a simple browser-based painting tool used in online forums. The artist-composed soundtrack, diligent video composition, and original textures are tempered by more oblique gestures, such as the choice by Ludy to re-photograph the piece by means of a projector in physical space prior to uploading to YouTube, reflecting her capacity to balance auteuristic experimentation with an acceptance of the essential unity of physical and idealized spaces.” – Duncan Malashock
From the series “Space Portraits”. Transom is a space portrait of Market Station in Leesburg, VA. Historic buildings were uprooted and relocated to form this commercial complex in the 1980’s. While wandering through various architectures, Ludy photographs her journey while focusing on elements that resonate a sense of place. These photographs are later composed into an animated slideshow of transitions, evoking the liminal space between time, memory, and place.
Sara Ludy’s practice investigates the confluence of the physical and virtual. Her works include video, sound, animation, virtual reality, websites, audiovisual performance, sculpture, photography, painting, and installation.