Double-Rendering, a solo exhibition of New York-based artist Austin Lee (b. 1983), explores the aesthetic possibilities of combining computer-generated imagery and airbrushing. Closely examining Lee’s doubled image-making process in virtual reality and on material forms, the exhibition investigates the conjunction of computer graphics and airbrushing in both a contemporary and art historical context.
The exhibition draws parallels between Lee’s current practice and the precedent in fine art by considering computer graphics and airbrushes in the larger continuum of visual mediums and tools. The term “rendering” is useful for achieving this objective because it encompasses both manual image creation and computer-based image generation procedures. Analyzing Lee’s continuous and inextricably linked “double-rendering” process, this exhibition searches for the potential of the realization of computer graphics and airbrush’s antiquated desire.
Image: Austin Lee, still of Excerpt from Joy, 2022, Animated gif / courtesy of Wallach Art Gallery