Aziz + Cucher

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Anthony Aziz (born Fitchburg, Massachusetts) and Samuel Cucher (born 1958, Lima, Peru/grew up in Caracas, Venezuela) are visual artists working together as a collaborative team since meeting in graduate school in 1990 at the San Francisco Art Institute. They are pioneers in the field of digital imaging and post-photography with projects exhibited at numerous venues including the 1995 Venice Biennale, the LA County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Biography[edit]

Anthony Aziz received his BA from Boston College in 1983 and then went on to earn his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990. Sammy Cucher received his BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1983 and then earned his MFA from SFAI in 1992. They live and work together in Brooklyn, NY and are both members of the faculty at Parsons The New School for Design.

Work[edit]

Aziz + Cucher have worked in many media including digital photography, video installation, sculpture, and textiles. They were among the first to use Adobe Photoshop in the context of fine art photography. The resulting series of images (1992–2002) can be seen as a commentary and reflection on the relationship between the human body and the technological forces that shape our society. In later projects (2003–2006), which grew to include video installation, their concerns shifted towards the way that our perception of nature and the landscape had been augmented and modified by technological mediation.

Significant examples[edit]

The Dystopia series (1994-95)[edit]

Consists of large digitally manipulated portraits in which the orifices—eyes, mouth and nostrils—have been covered by a layer of skin. The intention was to suggest an evolutionary change signifying the loss of individuality in the face of advancing technology and the progressive disappearance of face-to-face, direct interaction.

Interior series (1999–2002)[edit]

These are monumental images of architectural spaces seemingly constructed out of human skin. Created originally to metaphorically reflect the rapid proliferation of technological communications, these images have a haunting, lyrical quality which embodies the dichotomy between interior and exterior that will come to characterize their work subsequently.

Synaptic Bliss series (2003-07)[edit]

The central piece in this series is a 4-channel video installation commissioned by the Festival Villette Numerique in Paris in 2004. The series is characterized by a shift in visual language from the human body to representing a landscape in which diverse forms are superimposed, becoming intertwined, and slowly emerging from an intensive colored flurry. Each individual shape seems in constant flux, becoming distinguished by a shift in tone, orientation, or size of its colored texture. The work in this series explores ideas of a digital consciousness that allows for the simultaneous perception of multiple perspectives and scales, as well as for the blurring of the distinctions between the body and its environment.

Important collections[edit]

References[edit]

  • Becca Rothfeld, "What was Art of the 1990's All About?", Hyperallergic, May 12, 2015
  • Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Critic's Pick, Artforum, January/February 2014
  • Sarah Lehat, "Architectural Identity and the Persistence of Hope," Huffington Post, January 20, 2014
  • Alexandra Schwartz, "Come as You Are: Art of the 1990's," University of California Press, Berkeley/Los Angeles
  • Anne Tschida, "13 things not to be missed during Art Basel Miami," Miami Herald, December 7, 2013
  • "Aziz + Cucher," ed. by Lisa D. Freiman, Indianapolis Museum of Art and Hatje Cantz, Germany, 2012
  • *Hilarie M. Sheets, "It's an Absurd World, So Send in the Clowns," New York Times, April 25, 2012
  • Alexandra Schwartz, "Come as You Are: Art of the 1990's," University of California Press, Berkeley/Los Angeles
  • Anne Tschida, "13 things not to be missed during Art Basel Miami," Miami Herald, December 7, 2013
  • Jeffrey Kastner (Editor), NATURE - Documents of Contemporary Art. Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, 2012
  • Dr. Chu-Lan Liu, ARTS MAGAZINE, #437, Taipei, Taiwan, p. 290-297, October 2011
  • *Eleanor Hartney, Art and Today, Phaidon Books, New York, 2008
  • Roswell Angier, “Train Your Gaze: An Introduction to Portrait Photography,” Ava Publications, Lausanne, 2007
  • *Bernadette Weggenstein, Getting under the Skin:the Body and Media Theory, MIT press, Cambridge, 2006
  • Ricardo Bloch, PHILOSOPHIE MAGAZINE, Paris, November, 2006
  • Coco Fusco and Brian Wallis, "ONLY SKIN DEEP,” International Center of Photography, NY, 2003
  • Anne Ellegood, "Out of Site" (catalog), New Museum of Contemporary Art, 2002
  • *Ellen Lupton, Skin: Surface, Substance and Design, Princeton Architectural Press, 2002
  • *Nico Israel, Aziz + Cucher, Artforum International, March 2001
  • "What is Beauty?,” BEAUX ARTS Magazine, Paris, Summer 2000
  • Frazer Ward, "Cumulus," PARKETT # 60, December 2000
  • *Hubertus Von Amelunxen (Ed.), Photography after Photography, Siemens Kultur Program, Munich, 1996
  • *Aziz + Cucher, Unnatural Selection," Photology, Milano, 1996
  • LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, 1995, General Catalogue
  • *Keith Seward, Aziz + Cucher, Artforum International, December 1993

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