NOVEMBER 2010–JANUARY 2011Mixed Greens is pleased to present a dynamic window installation by Alexander Reyna in collaboration with the Creative Technologist Heidi Hysell. LoveHateNow is a constantly evolving, real-time, mixed media triptych exploring the mood of New York City through live internet feeds.
Until this point, Mixed Greens’ windows have presented static images addressing subject matter ranging from the transcendent to the pictorially sublime. Reyna breaks from this tradition by incorporating sound, video, and various live elements into an installation tackling the nuanced subject matter of public opinion. Viewers will witness a constantly changing landscape of numbers, words, and images projected onto an algorithmically generated triptych. Using processing software and Reyna’s own calculating logic, the piece streams information from the The New York Times, the local weather report, Twitter, and other sources. The result is a snapshot that changes based on the minute-to-minute information it receives. As the mood in the city brightens, so will the Mixed Greens windows.
Reyna’s past work has included drawing, video, painting, and printmaking. It has always been concerned with layered elements, multiple perspectives, and the combination of high and low. Even when the work is technologically complex, his hand is still evident through drawing and an often quirky combination of elements. While elaborate computer coding and automation is involved in this window installation, the result is a visualization of emotion and mood that defies classification and a linear narrative. The windows will become tidal pools of real-time data, brewing infinitely diverse impressions and interpretations.
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