Some of us can already imagine a day when the anarchy of Internet art will push fairs like Art Basel Miami Beach into boring obsolescence. Until then, we’ll all have to settle for “LikeArtBasel,” an exhibition “aimed at raising exposure of Internet- and technology-aware art.” The show’s cheeky title and logo, of course, reference the omnipresent thumbs-up gesture of a Facebook “Like.” The promotional materials, too, echo the social network’s sky-blue lettering and style.
Speaking for the exhibition, featured artist Ryder Ripps insists that “Internet and Technology aware art is like totally coming to Miami Art Basel 2011.” (It might be worth noting, however, that the show is co-organized by Ripps’s own design and production agency OKFocus.) The boundless enthusiasm driving the show is catchy, and it’s bound to be the only chance Miami-goers will have to catch the vanguard of online art.
Artists featured in the show include up-and-comers like YouTube video artist Petra Cortright, Sterling Crispin, and art-game and Web-site-maker Rafael Rozendaal, with the anchoring presence of Ryan Trecartin to draw in the high-rollers. Rumor has it preteen arty-pop star Glass Popcorn will even make an appearance.
“Like Art Basel” opens at Workshop Collective (171 NW 23rd Street) on December 2 at 6 p.m. The crew is also planning a Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) event at Miami’s Grand Central (697 North Miami Avenue) for the same day (one night after the venue hosts a party with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem fame). How much ‘net can you handle?
[Top left: Ryder Ripps]