Maps for Navigating to a New Perspective

Maps for Navigating to a New Perspective

For some of the show’s 38 artists, existing maps serve as raw material to be turned into sculptures, collages and such. For others, a map is the end result, created from experience or imagination to fix a place, a time or an idea. But all these objects, gathered by the guest curator, Sarah Tanguy, force […]

Personal Identities/Contemporary Portraits

Personal Identities/Contemporary Portraits

Michael Schwager was working at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1985 when Eric Fischl’s famous life-size “Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man,” painted the year before, entered the collection. He was struck by the power and beauty of the image – a startled-looking old man wearing nothing but a shirt […]

One on One With Video Artist Lincoln Schatz

One on One With Video Artist Lincoln Schatz

At the National Portrait Gallery’s recently-opened exhibit “Americans Now,” a work by video artist Lincoln Schatz entitled Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century, re-envisions how to create a likeness of another human being. Placing a subject inside a 10-foot-by-10-foot cube, Schatz employs 24 cameras to shoot hours of video footage which is then randomly reassembled, […]

This man at his best: For Esquire’s 75th, Lincoln Schatz mounts his Cube project of mutable video portraits

This man at his best: For Esquire’s 75th, Lincoln Schatz mounts his Cube project of mutable video portraits

George Clooney danced with 10 slightly giddy women. LeBron James played basketball—using his own avatar—on an Xbox. David Chang and four friends got monumentally, rip-roaringly, take-your-shirt-off drunk. Above them, 24 digital cameras captured every dip, dunk and sip, funneling the images into whirring computers, which in turn dissected every frame, pulling them apart like silk […]

Being There and Letting Go: A Conversation with Lincoln Schatz

Being There and Letting Go: A Conversation with Lincoln Schatz

Portraiture of all varieties is hot in the current art market. Just as traditional portraiture risks superannuation by alternative approaches like Facebook and Second Life, Chicago-based Lincoln Schatz is charting new ground. His interactive video portraits fuse likeness and identity with character probing and perpetual change. At the root, the need to record, to display, […]

Weekend Update

Weekend Update

…In the new Hearst Building at Eighth Avenue, I got a special pass from the guards to go up the escalator, past the glorious Richard Long mud mural, to a mezzanine where the digital artist Lincoln Schatz is working on a special multimedia commission from Esquire Magazine billed as a “Portrait of the 21st Century” […]

Review: Chapter 2, Think.21, Brussels, Belgium

Review: Chapter 2, Think.21, Brussels, Belgium

Think of the categories ‘digital art’ or ‘new media art’ and lazy critics tends to think of art stuck somewhere in the surly, noncommercial, left-field ‘alternative’ margins of art-making, or of the geeky art-and-technology stuff that fascinates nobody except the nerdy oddballs who are into it. Either way, new media art gets a bad deal […]

Digital Video Portraits Capture Internal and External Spaces

Digital Video Portraits Capture Internal and External Spaces

How do you . . . create a new art form using digital technology that architects would find appealing? Summary: Chicago-based artist Lincoln Schatz is wowing architects with his generative digital video portraits. His video work, called media art, gathers images of external or internal spaces using digital video cameras to create a changing collage […]

Room with 24 views: ‘Cube’ exhibit is portrait studio, 21st-century style

Room with 24 views: ‘Cube’ exhibit is portrait studio, 21st-century style

‘Cube,’ as Lincoln Schatz has dubbed the space, possesses 24 video cameras, which all film the person or people in the room for 60 minutes. Then, the existing videos will be combined into one continuously running stream, in which a software program randomly determines what appears on a 42-inch screen. He calls it a Generative […]

Unconventional Center

Unconventional Center

After touring the permanent art collection at McCormick Place West, I decided it was time to rethink the use of the word massive. The latest expansion of the city’s famed convention center, which houses a 470,000-square-foot exhibition hall, includes work by 50 Chicago-area artists. In any other context, Nick Cave’s eight-foot-diameter Universe would be described […]