Nathan DiPietro

Artificial Worlds

About the Exhibition


April 17, 2016 - May 15, 2016

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“Fly through and past the flat rectangular planes enveloping the created world. Look back as your draw distance comes to its limit and see the world model alone floating in the void.

For this new series of egg tempera paintings the natural environment is contemplated using a variety of emulating methods. Exploration of simulated worlds of Google Earth and figurative models of Minecraft via screen shots begins to mimic traditional landscape photography. Virtual mountains are climbed and sunsets anticipated in a garish abstraction of reality, always with the understanding that these worlds will continue to increase in complexity towards a parity of experience between IRL and VR.

So here now is a beginning, a phase were the models are not yet perfected. In any current game we can look up through beautifully rendered trees, gently swaying, to the filtered light and shadows created by an artificial sun. It is an artfully constructed environment meant to immerse the user using the latest hardware and software. Beyond this planned experience is a space of low resolution. Step away from the rail and over the hedge. Bring up your console and type noclip: the breaker of illusion.” — Nathan DiPietro

Nathan DiPietro received his BFA from Central Washington University in 2003. He has participated in group shows at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA; Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR; and Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA; as well as in galleries in Los Angeles, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art LTD, The Seattle Times, and The Stranger. He has been the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, two Art 4 Culture Special Project Grants, and an Artist Trust GAP Grant. This past November he attended the Morris Graves Residency in Northern California.