Forrest McGarvey

DSC_0390Forrest is a continuing dual degree Fine Arts and Visual and Critical Studies student at the California College of the Arts. His most recent work at CCA explores notions of visual literacy in an oversaturated image-based society.  Through installation, video, and works on paper, he questions notions of reproduction and distribution, authenticity, and how technology mediates our visual interactions and experiences. Some of his academic areas of interest include semiotics, phenomenology, affect, and game theory. He can often be found engaged in conversations about technology, art criticism, and food.

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Forrest McGarvey

A Sight to Be Held: The Simulated Screen Experience

The discourse of digital new media studies separates digital art from traditional contemporary art practices. Further, scholars also collapse media-based artwork with the technological platforms utilized in their construction. This overlooks the specificity of visual technologies—digital screens in particular— and contributes to the common misperception that digital representations are inseparable or indistinct from their status reproduced on screen. Through a semiotic analysis that identifies and establishes a relationship between material, digital, and technological within screen-based contemporary art, this thesis examines the screen’s active role in framing its displays within a digital and technological conversation. This, in turn, reveals an overlooked effect that uniquely screen-based representations have on shaping conceptual constructions of vision. Through a close analysis of interdisciplinary art practices centralized around American artist Ken Okiishi’s gesture/data series,I argue that its material structure accounts for the presence of technology as a vital and dynamic medium and presents the impacts of its effects both physically as well as digitally.

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Sightlines 2016