POWER GRID PLUS ONE | Dane Picard | January 9 – March 26, 2016 | press release
Baik Art presents Power Grid Plus One, an outdoor wall work by Los Angeles artist Dane Picard who, for this project, comments on the division between the natural and built worlds. Grounded in his ongoing interest and conflict with things technological, and how present-day technology is affecting our biological and geological world environments, Picard has created an image that signals the multiplicity of choices and perspectives that occupy this moment in time. While utilizing the image of a single canary to symbolize the gentler side of the natural world, he uses representations of electrical outlets set in the form of a gridded code to depict civilization’s thorny impact on nature. The result is a composite drawing that is emblematic of both domains made for Picard’s audience to consider. Some individual viewers might conclude that factory made objects have the greatest value within a global capitalist economy, while others may feel that human output has cluttered the natural world by contaminating the collective mind with physical debris.
Dane Picard has been working with digital media since the 1980s, experimenting with early computer and animation software. He works primarily with moving images, data, installation and electronic sculpture. At the center of his thinking are questions about the role of technology in the evolution of people’s interactions with the world. Since technology changes at an increasingly rapid pace, there continues to be more questions than answers.