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Crust and Dirt’s Instant Drawing Machine

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street, 212-219-2166
June 17 - July 22, 2006
Reception: Friday, June 16, 6 - 8 PM
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Emerging artists Oliver Halsman Rosenberg (San Francisco) and Clint Taniguchi (Tokyo) who collaborate under the name Crust and Dirt, will exhibit wall drawings and scrolls made with their Instant Drawing Machine. Their playful images are generated from wishes requested via webcam from passersby in Barcelona, London, Stockholm, Shanghai, Tokyo, and New York City.

Using wireless internet links and webcams, Crust and Dirt establish communications between their studio and people in the gritty streets of cities around the world, collapsing distance with real-time interaction. Their rapport with strangers develops as a kind of game in which Crust and Dirt give visual form to the wishes of the people who approach the webcam placed in a far-away city.

With a mix of reality and imagination, the duo works together with the viewer, overturning the traditional idea of authorship of an artwork. Especially for this exhibition in the Drawing Room, Crust and Dirt will make site-specific wall drawings of wishes gathered with the Instant Drawing Machine from people on the streets of a New York City neighborhood.

Artists’ Talk: Saturday, June 17, 5 pm
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