Lisson Gallery

Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel is a leading exponent of technology-based art, drawn to video games and software for their ability to rapidly formulate new communities and traditions and, equally, their speed of obsolescence. It was in 1996, while studying classical guitar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, that he first had a high-speed Internet connection – inspiring him to major in music technology and start learning to code. Both music and coding remain his key tools for interrogating the stated purpose of software and gadgets. In Super Mario Clouds (2002), for example, he disabled the vintage Nintendo game to leave only the iconic backdrop of blue sky and clouds; in Drei Klavierstücke op.11 (2009) Arcangel recreated Arnold Schoenberg’s 1909 score of the same name by editing together YouTube clips of cats playing pianos, note for note, paw by paw. Outcomes can be surprising, funny and poignant, whether in the final form of installation, video, printed media or music composition, in the gallery or on the world wide web. Reconfiguring web design and hacking as artistic practice, Arcangel remains faithful to open source culture and makes his work and methods available online, thus superimposing a perpetual question-mark as to the value of the art object. 

Arcangel was born in Buffalo, New York in 1978 and lives and works in Stravanger, Norway. He received a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2000. He is the youngest artist since Bruce Nauman to have been given a full floor solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011). Arcangel has had major exhibitions at Art Projects Ibiza, Spain, with Olia Lialina (2017); Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (2015); Espace Louis Vuitton München, Munich, Germany (2015); Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark, Copenhagen (2014); Fondation DHC/Art, Montreal, Canada (2013); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (2013); Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK (2011); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2010); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, USA (2010). Arcangel received the Kino der Kunst Award in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Nam June Paik Award in 2014. His work was included in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Liverpool Biennial (both 2004). In 2014, he launched Arcangel Surfware, a merchandise and publishing imprint. Its flagship store opened in Stavanger, Norway in 2018.

Cory Arcangel
Photoshop CS: 84 by 66 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Spectrum", mousedown y=3200 x=10200, mouse up y=22600 x=6200, 2009
Framed C-Print Mounted between aluminium and plexiglass 213 x 167 cm / 83 7/8 x 65 3/4 in.

Cory Arcangel
Research in Motion (Kinetic Sculpture 6), 2011
Modified silver dancing stands Dimensions variable, approx 182(h) x 550(w) x 360(d)cm / 71 5/8(h) x 216 1/2(w) x 141 3/4(d) in.

Cory Arcangel
Self Playing Nintendo 64 NBA Courtside 2, 2011

Hacked Nintendo 64 video game controller, Nintendo 64 game console, NBA Courtside 2 (featuring Kobe Bryant) game cartridge, and video

Dimensions variable


Cory Arcangel
Mig 29 Soviet Fighter Plane, Clouds and OSX, 2016
Mig 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds (2005) Nintendo Entertainment System .nes Roms, Two Macminis running OS X, Nintendo emulators (Open Emu), variable multi-channel presentation Dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
Manson, 2016
Inkjet on Angelica Universal Photomatte 230 168.2 x 96 x 4 cm 66 1/4 x 37 7/8 x 1 1/8 in

Cory Arcangel
currentmood, 2016
MacBook Air running Ableton Live & Native Instruments Massive synth, hanging line array public address sound system. Dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
Line, 2016
Pencil on paper, produced with Mutoh XP-300 Series printer 169 x 96.8 x 4 cm (each) 66 5/8 x 38 1/8 x 1 3/4 In (each)

Cory Arcangel
Vomit / Lakes, 2015
1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from_lossless Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables 200.7 x 92.7 x 27.9 cm 79 x 36.5 x 11 in

Cory Arcangel
Clapton/Lakes, 2014
1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from ​lossless Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables Dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
D’oooh, 2014
Foam pool noodles, armbands, Santa Cruz skateboard. 140 cm (high), width variable, depth variable 55.1 in high width variable depth variable

Cory Arcangel
Awkward Smiles / Lakes, 2013
1920x1080 H264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from lossless _Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
Drei Klavierstücke op. 11, 2009
Single-channel video 3957.3 minutes 15:58 minutes

Cory Arcangel
Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast” compressed over and over as an mp3 666 times, 2004
mp3 (shown as a spindle of CDs)

Cory Arcangel
FN Slides / Lakes, 2016
1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from 11 lossless TIFS), media player, 75” flatscreen, armature, various cables 167.8 x 95.9 x 4.8 cm 66 1/8 x 37 3/4 x 1 1/8 in

Cory Arcangel
Jeans / Lakes, 2016
1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from 11 lossless TIF masters), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables Dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
Jeans / Lakes, 2016
1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from 11 lossless TIF masters), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables Dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
Three Stripes, 2017
Inkjet on canvas 3 panels, each panel 91.4 x 91.4 cm 3 panels, each panel 36 x 36 in

Cory Arcangel
The Internet, 2017
Foam pool noodle, Minecraft necklace, USB wristband, wristband, wire clip Dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
currentmood, 2017
LED water speakers, audio file, audio player 35 x 25 x 30 cm 13 6/8 x 9 7/8 x 11 6/8 in

Cory Arcangel
Gummies, 2016
Chromogenic print 168.2 x 96 x 4 cm 66 1/4 x 37 7/8 x 1 1/8 In

Cory Arcangel
Mig 29 Soviet Fighter Plane, Clouds and OSX, 2016
Mig 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds (2005) Nintendo Entertainment System .nes Roms, Two Macminis running OS X, Nintendo emulators (Open Emu), variable multi-channel presentation Dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
Closing party, 2016
Chromogenic print 168.2 x 96 x 4 cm 66 1/4 x 37 7/8 x 1 5/8 in

Cory Arcangel
Clarity, 2015
Foam pool noodle, Beats by Dre Solo 2 headphones, arm-bracelet, Apple iPod nano, Apple iPod arm band, Zedd "Spectrum ft. Matthew Koma " MPEG-1 Audio Layer III file, USB plug, power strip Dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
First Class, 2015
Foam pool noodles, necklace, sock, armbands, sleeve jewellery Dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
Your Performance, 2015
Foam noodles, tailored Adidas tracksuits Dimensions variable

Cory Arcangel
Timeless Standards, 2011
Inkjet print on canvas 142.24 x 101.6 cm 56 x 40 in

Cory Arcangel
imeless Standards, 2011
Inkjet print on canvas 142.2 x 101.6 cm 56 x 40 in

Cory Arcangel
Clinton, 2011
Pencil on paper 40 x 34.1 cm 15.7 x 13.4 in ed. unique

Cory Arcangel
Ideas In Action (starbucks.com), 2014
Single channel video 32 minutes 41 seconds

Cory Arcangel
Self Playing Nintendo 64 NBA Courtside 2, 2011
Hacked Nintendo 64 game console, NBA Courtside 2 (featuring Kobe Bryant) game cartridge and video. Dimensions variable Installation shot , Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark Courtesy of the artist and Sacha Maric

Cory Arcangel
Snowbunny / Lakes, 2015
1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from 11 lossless TIF masters), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables

Cory Arcangel
@DallasCowboys / Lakes, 2015
1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from 11 lossless TIF masters), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables

Cory Arcangel
Misfits, 2015
Foam pool noodles, garter belt, ear warmer, leggings, socks, RCA 5CD changer stereo, Avenged Sevenfold "Hail to the King" Compact Disc.

Cory Arcangel
Miley / Lakes, 2014
1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from lossless Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70" flatscreen, armature, various cables

Cory Arcangel
Sports Products 2 / Lakes, 2014
1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from lossless Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70" flatscreen, armature, various cables

Cory Arcangel
Photoshop CS: 84 by 66 inches. 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Blue, Red, Yellow", mousedown y=5300 x=8600, mouseup y=5600 x=8600, 2011
Chromogenic print 213.36 x 167.64 cm (print) 84 x 66 in print

Cory Arcangel
Daisy Dukes, 2017
Inkjet on canvas Triptych: 91.4 x 91.4 cm (each panel) 36 x 36 in

Cory Arcangel
M, 2018
IQDemy Premium UV Ink on IKEA LINNMON table tops Diptych 149.9 x 74.9 cm (each panel) Diptych 59 x 29 1/2 in (each panel)

Exhibitions

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    Cory Arcangel: currentmood

    20 May – 2 July 2016

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    Cory Arcangel: Hot Topics

    11 April – 20 May 2015

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    Cory Arcangel: Speakers Going Hammer

    12 October – 12 November 2011

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