Siebren Versteeg’s multimedia installations often incorporate systems used to collect images from sources within our digital culture. White Flag was conceived as a physical celebration of the pixel's immense malleability. Each flag is comprised of 3 unique colored platens on each face (6 total per flag), representing the red, green, and blue phosphors of the pixel's construction. Each field of color is composed of approximately 200,000 unique images that have been indiscriminately downloaded from the internet by a computer program written by the artist that automatically scrapes data returned from Google® image searches. In effort to achieve results of maximum diversity, the software utilized a database of approximately 70,000 words to perform and return these searches to the flag's composition, ensuring a unique image every time. Each flag therefore contains 1,200,000 images with no repeats.
Versteeg was born in 1971 in New Haven, Connecticut and currently lives and works in New York. He received his B.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago and his M.F.A. from University of Illinois at Chicago.
He has had solo exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; the Art Institute of Boston; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; and 1R Gallery, Chicago. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; the Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; and the National Museum of Art, Prague; among many others.
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