At Loop 2017, Steve Turner will present a selection of websites by Dutch-Brazilian Rafaël Rozendaal. Rozendaal is one of the first visual artists to sell websites as art objects.
The contract he developed, which outlines the rights and responsibilities of ownership of website-based artworks, is now widely used among his peers. Unlike traditional video which has a repetitive sequence, his websites are ever-changing works that are generated in real time by an algorithm. The moving images depicted in his websites are not drawn, or recorded, but built out of computer code. Rozendaal’s websites function solely as works of art and attract an audience of 60 million unique visits per year.
Rafaël Rozendaal (born 1980, Amsterdam) first rose to prominence over fifteen years ago by using the internet as a venue for the websites he created as pure art. He subsequently has created related lenticular paintings and room installations that incorporate websites. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam (2014); Postmasters Gallery, New York (2013 & 2015); Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2012, 2014, 2016) and the Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (2017). In 2015, one of his websites was presented nightly on multiple screens in Times Square, New York. He lives and works everywhere.