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Colorbots: updating modern art

By Rhizome

Throughout art history, theorists and artists have developed ideas about the power of color. Why not net artists too? Following in the tradition of the likes of painter Joseph Albers, New York-based video artist Owen Plotkin has developed what he calls "colorbots," which are ever-changing, streamlined online experiments. OK, maybe you'll say, these forms look merely like bands and blocks of color...where are the jazzy effects and subversive political content? Actually, Plotkin's work follows more along the lines of some of modern art's more famous names: Piet Mondrian, Mark Rothko, Dan Flavin and even Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. Check out the colorbots, do a little bit of art history homework, and enjoy.

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