KIM ASENDORF & LEANDER HERZOG | BERLIN
EXPANDED.ART is pleased to present STACK TRACE, the first duo show by Kim Asendorf & Leander Herzog. The exhibition is comprised of eight works on aluminum and a real-time multi-channel NFT collection, which the German and Swiss artists created as a site-specific installation. Asendorf & Herzog create abstract paintings with code and animated pixels that sort endlessly and thus rethink the medium of painting in the age of Post-NFTism.
STACK TRACE is a dialogue between Asendorf and Herzog about painting and sculpture in generative art. The two series of works, CHROME and BYPASS, themselves are stacks that address seriality and scalability and depict traces of processes. In the exhibition space, algorithms and code running in real time on a sculptural installation consisting of screens are juxtaposed with marks on aluminium that were manually generated based on algorithmically placed point constellations.
Asendorf & Herzog add the parameter of time to generative art. Coordinated world time, or UTC for short, serves as the main anchor for the synchronization of the real-time multi-channel installation CHROME. The 128 channels run synchronously at all times, without beginning or end, adapted to any screen format. CHROME emerges from a continuous linear movement punctuated by a rhythmic and random choreography. Soft gradients and hard edges collide, colors run into each other, and pixels move from left to right. Organic forms flow as pixels rearrange endlessly in a ticker, the archetype of linear motion.
STACK TRACE is both an experiment and a statement: Asendorf & Herzog test how generative art and NFTs can be expanded with the technological possibilities of their time.
Text: Anika Meier
KIM ASENDORF & LEANDER HERZOG: STACK TRACE
1-22 FEBRUARY 2023
OPENING: 1 FEBRUARY | 6-9 PM CET
The artists are present.
CRYPTO ART SALON BERLIN
29 JANUARY | 6-9 PM CET
Anika Meier in conversation with Kim Asendorf & Leander Herzog.
Friedrichstraße 67, 10117 Berlin
Monday - Saturday: 11 AM - 6 PM CET
NFT DROP | 28 FEBRUARY
KIM ASENDORF & LEANDER HERZOG: CHROME
PRE-SALE: 28 FEBRUARY | 6 PM CET
PUBLIC MINT: 1 MARCH | 6 PM CET
Corresponding with their duo show STACK TRACE, Kim Asendorf & Leander Herzog will release CHROME, a collection of 128 NFTs.
On-Chain multi-channel real-time animation
Ethereum smart contract
Kim Asendorf is a visual artist working with conceptual strategies and generative systems to create abstract animations, images, and sculptures. He lives and works in Bremen, Germany. He is widely known for the creation of a Pixel Sorting algorithm he made Open Source and that has been used by thousands of artists and designers since 2012. The pixel is the main building block in his work, seemingly alive in his abstractions, or rearranged in his iconic Pixel Sorting aesthetics.
Asendorf's works has been shown at festivals and institutions like Transmediale, ZKM Karlsruhe, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, NCCA Yekaterinburg, Eyebeam, NIMK, LEAP or the Overlapping Biennial Bucharest and at galleries and fairs like Unpainted (Munich), Moving Image Contemporary Art Fair (London), Creation Gallery G8 (Tokyo), Carroll / Fletcher (London), and The Photographers' Gallery (London).
Leander Herzog is a visual artist based in Switzerland, creating images with code since 2006. His focus is generative and interactive abstraction on the web. Currently he combines his experience from building websites and digital products with generative art and the new potential NFTs present. Herzog’s practice explores visual maximalism enabled by contemporary computer graphics and the widespread availability of networked screens as well as minimalist abstraction based on web technology standards. He plays with the contrast between the simplicity of algorithmic systems and the complexity of their emergent properties.
In the last decade, his work evolved from static images to moving visuals and realtime experiences on the web, including generative audio, interactive installations, data driven sculpture and digital fabrication. Titles and aesthetics of his works often reference the history of painting as well as the artist's own past experience with graffiti writing.