We may no longer be able to lay claim to a new avant-garde or to sweeping historic art movements in this pluralistic environment, but we can adapt and advance our understanding of what art is and how it functions in relation to how we perceive and experience it. Ian Pedigo, Modal Environs Manifesto, Modal Environs – Art as Expanding Microcosm
Ian Pedigo is a New York–based conceptual and sculptural installation artist. Pedigo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and his objects and spaces reflect upon a surreal existentialism discovered through time and space via the effects of nature. The work also exhibits influences of anthropology, architecture, and the esoteric. His consideration of the “artifact” spans a few decades, while his notion of the “Modal Environs” provides a fresh take on artmaking in the post-digital age, as he deals with an ecology of aesthetics brought forward through an ever-escalating medium of immaterial poetics. For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, Pedigo presents “The Future Artifact.”
Ian Pedigo has shown internationally at galleries and venues in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Italy, France, and Canada, as well as several cities across the United States. His work has been written about in multiple publications, including Artforum, Art in America, New York Times, New Yorker, and Art News. Pedigo’s work is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and he is a Pollock-Krasner award recipient. In 2011, his work was the subject of a monograph published by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.
A video recording of this lectures is available on the Modern's Youtube.