E-Meet Superfine! Exhibiting Artist, Aidan Lincoln Fowler 💻
Brought to you by our partners at Talenthouse.
Some things in life are better in pairs. Take, for instance, the intersection of art and technology. It’s a match made in heaven for artists of every discipline and often paints a picture of what our future might look like, making it a rather unique pairing in the many ways it’s consumed all over the world. I’m sure we all agree that staying connected while staying creative is a new frontier we’ll all be exploring together now and in the future. So, how do you marry art and technology while creating a genuine, human connection? While we shift our focus from IRL art events to virtually supported creative communities, we ask the same questions and e-chat with Superfine! exhibiting artist, Aidan Lincoln Fowler (@aidanlincoln). See art, technology, and the future of creative connection in a fresh, new light.
Please note that the upcoming Superfine! NYCx3 art fairs have been postponed this April and May. Stay home and stay in the loop with the latest updates and find out how you can support the fair’s exhibiting artists here.
-Introduction by interviewer Mayah Taylor (@mayah), Ello’s Community Creative Manager. She loves tacos, fashion, Doctor Who, and wears too much black.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What type of art do you create?
I am a Brooklyn based artist, currently working on a masters degree from Tisch School of the Arts Interactive Telecommunications program. I make a wide variety of art both digital and physical but have recently been focusing on light sculpture involving arrays of leds running live video behind moving lenses and films.
Who and/or what inspires your art? Is there symbolism that can be found in your choice of color, shape or iconography in your work?
My biggest artistic inspirations are James Turrell, and Olafur Eliasson, the masters of light art. I have always been inspired by space, time, and light. Before deciding to pursue art, I studied electrical and computer engineering and attempted to join NASA's astronaut program. Many of my works use iconography related to space. The symbolism in my work, presented through the use of electricity, movement, and light, attempts to implore the viewer to reconsider their sense of self, or lack thereof, and their place in the cosmos.
What is your creative process like? How has it evolved?
Iterate, iterate, iterate! My process always begins with a small idea and lots of sketches. It then evolves into the programming and modeling stages before initial prototype fabrication (unless the work is purely digital). After a physical piece is produced, it is almost always back to the drawing board to tweak the idea and design. Almost all of my ideas that have come to fruition have come to me in the moments before falling asleep, quickly jotted down into a journal, hopefully legible enough to read the next morning, which then evolve over the course of weeks or months.
When did you first get involved with the Superfine! Art Fair? If this is your first time, what do you expect?
This is my first Superfine! fair. I got involved after reading an article about the landscape of art collection and how most fine art is stored permanently in temperature controlled warehouses traded back and forth between the ultra-rich, inflating prices and serving as a tax haven. Superfine! was listed as an emerging alternate to the current scene. I was immediately drawn to the idea of no commissions and a highly curated environment with a limited number of artists represented.
Tunnel Flow, 2020.
How do you imagine the future of IRL art-focused events like Superfine! ?
I believe in the Superfine! model, and imagine the future of IRL events being more curated and having a greater focus on quality over quantity. I believe that art should be available to the masses and not just the ultra-rich. No artist goes into the field for the money, it is wonderful to have an organization focusing on making art available at multiple price points to foster a more inclusive environment and make art available to those whom might never step into a gallery.