I have an update to last week’s post, The Dynamic Portrait, which took a look a pair of artists who combined data from trackers and daily answers to an online questionnaire to create a real-time look at a person’s physical and mental states throughout the day—in other words, a dynamic portrait.
Thursday afternoon I was in San Francisco for a retiree’s luncheon and afterwards I went to the Catharine Clark Gallery () to view the LigoranoReese exhibit for myself.
I was amazed by the level of artistry that transformed a steady stream of data into a slowly evolving colorful tapestry. You might compare the experience to viewing a flat-screen Lava lamp, but you would be short-changing the amount thought that went into deciding how-best to display information in a pleasing, yet relevant, way.
At this point my life-experience as an electrician kicked in and I spent about 20 minutes analyzing how these panels were constructed and guessing at what the different color combinations meant. I was particularly fascinated by the points where the fiber-optic strands carrying data intersected—I wanted to know if there was meaningful information there, or how it might relate to the entire tapestry of the moving portrait.
My last 15 working years were spent at the Golden Gate Bridge and as a member of the Electric Shop I spent a lot of time paying attention to flashing indicator lights, and especially to the ones that were supposed to flash and didn’t.
By the end of my visit I had more questions than when I arrived and that, I feel, is a function of good Art.
Catharine Clark Gallery
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Hours: Tu-Sat 11-6, Th 11-7
Here is an informative video about this exhibit: I•M•I