05 May 2012

Color Picker by Anders Clausen

"Color Picker" is one of the latest works of Anders Clausen part of the exhibition titled "Year of Cooperation", made in collaboration with Broadway 1602 Gallery in New York and Hotel, in London. This new series by Clausen shows an awesome interface studies which this time have been manipulated and glitched. I usually go back to check one of my favorite works from him, it's another interface study he made two years ago focused on one of the most beautiful icons from Mac over the last decade, the well known glossy and aqua theme scrollbar, see here.  An icon which has been a motive of inspiration for several artist. I'm a huge fan of this toolbar, to me is a pity Macintosh went into a flat and minimalist design (in Lion) trying to hide symbols like the scrollbar which life is going to be really short because of the use of devices such as the trackpad and the Magic Mouse, we will see what happen on the next update of Mac OS. Read more about Color Picker series;

"Made on a giant inexact industrial printer (it can turn turn greytones into yellow), and printed onto a form of upvc canvas that could be the hoarding that covered a Doges Palace in scale and durability, Anders Clausen's 'Color Picker' works draw on computer software icons, desktop imagery, emoticons, found imagery and Photoshop toolbars in their variously 'collaged' and pristine arrangements. Back to Illich for a moment, and his conviction that he needs to find a framework for evaluating man's relation to his tools, "Neither a dictatorial proletariat nor a leisure mass can escape the dominion of constantly expanding industrial tools." And Debord's earlier notion that being is replaced by 'having', which is then replaced by appearing. Clausen asserts a bold relationship with the myriad personal, leisure, business, creative, practical or emotional fragments and essential tools for navigating through the desktop, on which we build our avatars, and acknowledges that they come through pre-existing material, images and texts. Copied and doctored." - Broadway 1602