Press + Media Coverage
Arshake 10/31/13 Climate Art On View In New York
New York Times 7/15/2013 Cultural Programs to Focus on Climate Change
Hyperallergic 5/23/13 The Power Behind the Mask
Park of the Future in LA Times
Park of the Future proposal for interactive art works in a park in LA finalist in compeitions with UCSD and featured in the LA Times.
CINE in SOP III
CINE (Collaborative Immersive Networked Environment) finalist in SOP III Design Competition with Yale Law School & Harvard Berkman Center.
Infinite City in Book by Jean-Marc Gauthier
Infinite City published in Jean-Marc Gauthier's book, "Virtual Sets and Pre-Visualization for Games, Movies and the Web" (2005).
9/11 Sculpture featured in full page photograph in Rolling Stone Magazine, November 22nd issue.
Full text of recent interview with DNAinfo.com
By Lily Rothman
MANHATTAN — Chelsea and the Flatiron District may share a boundary, but the two Manhattan neighborhoods have traditionally been worlds apart.
The former is known as the site of the city’s most established art gallery scene. The latter is the original “Silicon Alley,” home of many local technology start-up businesses.
But now a new addition to the neighborhood, the IMC Lab and Gallery, is bridging the gap — as well as many others.
IMC, which stands for Interactive Media Culture, is an office-slash-gallery that is currently home to a new exhibition that highlights the juxtaposition between art and technology.
The show, titled "Elastic Identity," features works that speak to the artists’ fractured selves in a digital age, said James Tunick, the founder of IMC Lab and half of the husband-wife team that runs the gallery.
“Technology is not something separate. It’s just another set of paints,” Tunick said, “The same technology powers the art that powers billboards in Times Square.”
The show includes traditional media such as painting, but also video and software installations. One installation uses a proprietary face-tracking technology developed by IMC to create fragmented images of the viewer. The same technology can be employed in advertisements, and that dual artistic-commercial mission is part of IMC Lab’s own multiplicity.
The IMC Lab and Gallery is a for-profit enterprise that, unlike most galleries, doesn’t just sell art. The group also offers artists and programmers research support and commercial opportunities, said Tunick, so opening a gallery was a natural choice for this technology company.
He said that unlike other galleries that tend to separate old and new media, IMC Lab prefers to bring them together.
Just as technology has allowed aspiring rock stars to record their own music before signing a contract and has let directors edit their own movies, Tunick sees potential for the same in the fine art world.
Tunick and his wife, Carrie Elston Tunick, are also artists themselves. Their work, as well as the work of Yeji Jun, the show’s third curator, is on display at the gallery.
Although the gallery-creator division is traditionally a sharp one, Elston Tunick sees the many hyphenates at play as part of a much larger trend. “That’s happening more and more, people having a lot of irons in the fire,” she said.
One of her pieces in the exhibit is a video installation of footage from Michael Jackson concerts, which she says is "blurring the lines between opposing emotions, agony and ecstasy."
The Tunicks have been putting shows together since 2002, when they were undergraduates at Yale. Both 30 years old, the couple says they are young for gallery owners and old for technology entrepreneurs — “so that’s average,” joked Elston Tunick.
They started the IMC Lab and Gallery in the West Village, but moved to Chelsea in January despite a migration by many other galleries for emerging artists to areas like Williamsburg and the Lower East Side.
Still, the pair say that Chelsea is the place to be for established galleries.
“We were really lucky to have found this place,” said Elston Tunick.
Elastic Identity is on view through August 25, and the gallery plans to host live performances and an artists’ panel in the coming month.
2009: 3rd IMC Exposition, StudioIMC Lab & Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2006: Beyond TV, The Paley Center for Media (formely the Museum of TV & Radio), New York, NY, USA
2005: 2nd IMC Exposition, The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, USA
2004: Convergence, The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, USA
2003: 1st IMC Exposition, Remote Lounge, New York, NY, USA
2011: ABOUT FACE - No Longer Empty, New Museum Festival of Ideas for the New City, New York, NY, USA
2010: Digital Art @ Google: We Write This to You From the Distant Future, Google Inc., New York, NY, USA
2010: The World in 100 Years, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria
2009: Add-Art, Eyebeam, New York, NY, USA
2009: Artists and Innovators for the Environment, Streaming Museum, 7 Continents
2008: From Fluxus to Media Art, Maya Stendhal Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2007: Stereovision, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL, USA
2002: 9/11 interactive memorial sculpture "WHY", in large format photograph in 9/11 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
2006: Park of the Future proposal for interactive art works in a park in LA finalist in compeitions with UCSD and featured in the LA Times.
2005: CINE (Collaborative Immersive Networked Environment) finalist in SOP III Design Competition w/ Yale Law School & Harvard Berkman Center.
2004: Infinite City published in Jean-Marc Gauthier's book, "Virtual Sets and Pre-Visualization for Games, Movies and the Web" (2005).
2001: 9/11 Sculpture featured in full page photograph in Rolling Stone Magazine, November 22nd issue.