Netart out of the Past Addendum: Frank Stella and Artie Vierkant

In continuing a visual appraisal of works made in or around the web – be it by production, distribution, or influence – through connecting visual and/or conceptual proximity to works made in or around mid-century Modernism, Minimalism, and eventually Conceptualism, a new comparison has sparked my interest, even if it is only visual at this point.

As a coincidence, I was watching a video of Frank Stella touring the Philip Johnson glass house around the same time that the Rhizome Commissions were announced. I was pleased to see Artie Vierkant among the recipients of this year’s grant for his Image Objects project, and was immediately reminded of some works from the Polish Village series painted by Stella which were influenced by architectural drawings of now demolished synagogues. Each artist’s work are not only visually linked, but also conceptually apropos to their respective times. Stella wishes to explore the “built” aspects of painting through the architectural drawings of lost temples of the Eastern Blok, while Vierkant attempts to recapitulate the space of an online environment with a new-found physicality of “augmented documentation” found within the feedback between digital objects and analog spaces/installations.

Although I haven’t fully thought out the connections that I’d like to draw between the two artists and these specific works, I couldn’t resist juxtaposing the works to highlight the resonance of practice and aesthetics between the two.

Odelsk III (Polish Village #11), 1971

Michapol I (Polish Village Series), 1971

Pilica II, 1973

From Image Object Series 2011

From Image Objects Series, 2011

From Image Objects Series, 2011