Robert Silvers | Photomosaics | March 1 – 31

Tangent Contemporary Art presents Photomosaics™ a retrospective exhibition of digital composite works by internationally known artist Robert Silvers. The exhibition is on view from March 1-31, 2017, at Tangent Contemporary Exhibition Space, 349 Geary Street, San Francisco.

Combining groundbreaking digital technology with photography, fine art and a keen imagination, Robert Silvers developed Photomosaic™, his “pointillism for the digital age.” A classic example of the artist’s iconic imagery, each work in the exhibition is composed of over a thousand smaller photographic images that relate in both a pictorial and conceptual sense to the subject. Produced in small numbered editions of various sizes the photomontages are printed on archival photographic paper and mounted on aluminum.

The exhibition at Tangent Contemporary Art focuses on the most popular aspects of Silvers’ work: celebrity portraits, museum masterpieces and currency banknotes. Among photomosaic portraits of JFK, Jackie O and president Obama, the image of Marilyn Monroe is presented in three distinct variations produced over the years – a quad created with a nod to Andy Warhol, a triple sequence, and a single focal portrait. Among the museum themed works, Girl with a Pearl Earring brings to mind the rich paintings of Renaissance and Baroque Europe. As a Photomosaic™, Vermeer’s famous portrait is composed of multiple images of famous Renaissance paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Louvre in Paris. Fusing images of currency from around the world, the One Dollar Bill, Euro 500 and the British £20 note are elegantly presented as an object of art, inviting the viewer to reconsider an everyday utilitarian object of exchange.

Silvers invented the unique technology of Photomosaics™ at the age of 26 while studying at the MIT Media Lab. In San Francisco, he is perhaps best known for the large-scale photographic montage he created for the Museum of the African Diaspora. His distinctive medium holds world-wide acclaim through large scale projects for Fortune, IBM, Lucasfilm Ltd., Mastercard International, Disney and Paramount Pictures, as well as covers for LIFE, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, GEO, WIRED and Playboy. A wall size photomosaic is featured on the façade of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Robert Silvers lives near Boston, and is president and CEO of Runaway Technology. He has co-authored and published two books on his work: Photomosaics (1997) and Photomosaic Portraits (2000).

Tangent Contemporary Art specializes in painting, sculpture, and digital media photography by mid-career, and internationally known artists. For information or inquiries, please contact: 415-956-9999 info@tangentart.com.