Past Artist In Residence
The work of Australian artist, Louisa Bufardeci, initially seems, for a moment, like large paintings but in reality they are not. Rather, Bufardeci makes mostly wall-sized digital prints (in effect maps and charts) that utilize various systems and investigate the color-coding of visual information, statistical information. The results are not subjectively derived through usual symbolic convention. They have a bracing and arbitrary linkage-to social analysis, political economy. These are not emotional and culturally embedded understandings of color and form that underlie these ‘pictures’. This recognition is something of a shock and a challenge-a move away from color as emotional index, and it relates more to a culture of technology, and analysis. From 2001 to 2002, Bufardeci received a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to fund her four-month residency at 18th Street. Currently, Bufardeci lives in Chicago as an MFA (Art and Technology) student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.