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Posted on: May 13, 2016


​started a run of exhibitions in 2013. last show in that run is next week. currentmood @ Lisson Gallery. press release below. come thru! gonna be chaos. update 05/14: the soundtrack to the show (Native Instruments Massive white noise filtered and side chained to a sampled 909 kick via Ableton Live) is here.

A technological exploration of obsession and obsolescence underlies all the works in ‘currentmood’, Cory Arcangel’s second solo show at Lisson Gallery London. Reflecting the temporal nature of web-based culture and the American artist’s own transient interests, the new works in this exhibition present something like a ‘listicle’ image dump self-portrait of Arcangel (who often shares his browsing habits on social media via the hashtag #currentmood).

The exhibition takes place at Lisson Gallery London and extends online through an advertising campaign. IRL (Internet slang for “In Real Life”), at 27 Bell Street, new works are presented, created via a variety of media and drawn from a variety of sources, including scans of Ibiza flyers, tracksuits and magazines; default Photoshop image effects; commercial and cell phone photography; low-res screen captures, as well as emulations and re-prints of earlier works by the artist. Encountered within the forum of the exhibition, these are each given equal billing and size despite their varying subject matters and the relative renown of their production methods within the artist’s oeuvre.

Online, the artist will run a series of ads for the show which will appear dispersed across the Internet as ‘promoted content’. In this context, ‘currentmood’ takes the equanimity of Internet culture as its template, embracing the radical disjunctions, open sensibility and non-hierarchical stance in its advances. Arcangel is concerned with the democratization of his own art: by exhibiting the same image both IRL in a white cube and online as ‘click bait’; in the leveling of cultural value, despite variance of image quality; and in his adherence to open source culture (evidenced especially in work titles that double as instructions to make them oneself).

Arcangel’s innumerable ideas and projects spin from the duality of technological evolution: its dazzling opportunities and fast oblivion to the scrap heap. In hijacking popular software or web technology – such as the Java applet ‘lake’ that was much used at the end of the last millennium – Arcangel is attentive to collective memories, celebrating their outmoded aesthetics while interrogating their cultural moment. Kitsch, tacky or banal graphics and images are wryly incorporated into a dialogue that incorporates art history, literature and music. “I’m not taking sides with almost anything,” Arcangel has said. “For me, to see how these things change is my interest.” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Posted on: April 28, 2016


​2 dayz left 2 c my show (ish) @ Team Gallery. If u r into shows which r almost not shows, digital drum machines, and claps on the off beats, this one iz 4 u. Oh yah, vid and write up here. Pz!

Posted on: November 26, 2015


Hey All,

I’m releasing a nu line of stuff nxt week on Cyber Monday over at Arcangel Surfware. Press release below.




Designed by Cory Arcangel in partnership with Bravado, the global music merchandising company, the Arcangel Surfware 2015 “Fuck Negativity” collection consists of dog tags, a limited edition trench coat, lighters, “brah” style sliders, and – what are now considered the brand’s trademarks – loose fitting sweats and hoodies.

All items are inspired by Arcangel’s iconic 2014 sculptural work, Going Negative / Lakes. The work – part of the artist’s “Lakes” series – is a sculpture consisting of a flat-screen television turned on its side displaying the phrase “FUCK NEGATIVITY”. The phrase has been mirrored by the Java applet “lake,” which creates a shimmering, seemingly liquid reflection along a horizontal axis.

Somewhere between suburban mall goth and self-help, the line is aimed towards content creators of all ages. Items from the line will be debuted on Cyber Monday, November 30th, 2015, on Arcangel Surfware dot com, with additional items released throughout December.

When asked to comment, Arcangel added, “This new line represents a leap forward for the brand. The bright colors might be gone, but what definitely remains is the positive attitude. I wanted to make a line of ‘inspirational’ products for today’s gravers – mal(l)ware so to speak. I was thinking of all the former MySpace ’scene’ enthusiasts who now work at – perhaps – startups. Maybe Aeron chairs are involved. I’m not sure. Anyway, this line is for them. In conclusion … life is nothing but a never ending up-hill battle. It’s important to keep your head up and moving forward. Gotta stay on it. Let’s do this. FUCK NEGATIVITY.”

The price point for items in the Arcangel Surfware FUCK NEGATIVITY collection range from $4.95 – $199.95.

Launched in 2014, Arcangel Surfware is a merchandise and publishing imprint created and designed by fine artist Cory Arcangel. The project was recently called “a lifestyle brand, of sorts” byArtspace and “an undergrad’s dream” by W magazine. As Fast Company noted, “Sure, Arcangel Surfware sounds bizarre, but stranger things have existed … so let’s see how this goes.”

Cory Arcangel is a Brooklyn-based fine artist (b. 1978, Buffalo, NY) who makes work in a wide range of media, including composition, video, modified video games, performance, and the Internet. Recent exhibitions include: “Be the first of your friends” at Espace Louis Vuitton München, Munich, Germany (2015), & “This is all so crazy, everybody seems so famous” at Galleria d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo (2015). His work is included in many public collections, including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, MoMA in New York, the Tate in London, Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich.

For press inquiries, please contact info AT arcangelsurfware DOT biz

photo: Sasha Maric

Posted on: November 10, 2015

Screen-agers, Tall Boys, and Whales

Have I mentioned I’ve spent the last few years dressing up pool noodles? No? Well, let me elaborate ... I’ve spent the last few years dressing up pool noodles. It’s a new sculpture series called Screen-agers, Tall Boys, and Whales. And, Ive finally gotten around to uploading pics of them on this site. DEF CHECK. They r my nu vibes.

Pictured above:
Raw Youth, 2014, Foam pool noodles, wristband, tailored Bravado Justin Bieber Vertical Hoodie, Skullcandy headphones, Apple iPod classic and charger, Apple iPhone 5 case, Skrillex “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” MPEG-1 Audio Layer III file

Posted on: September 15, 2015

Arcangel Surfware @ NYABF / Ps1

The New York Art Book Fair
MoMA PS1, 2-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY
Arcangel Surfware: Booth C19, Ground floor
September 17-20, 2015

​Awwwwww yah! I am really really happy to say that Arcangel Surfware will have a booth / exhibition at the 2015 Printed Matter Art Book Fair! ~~~~~

Some background: so ... as you prolly know / guessed, for the last 15 years, I have made a ton of software based artwork. That is, artwork which is the result of software being run. But, after 15 years of HD’s, poor version control, lost computers, etc, etc, I had a mess on my hands. So, a few years ago, I started – with the generous support of the Creative Capital Foundation – the long, difficult, and annoying process of sifting though all my hard drives and figuring out just what I had been up to since 2000. One (un-intended) result of that was actually this website, and the other (very much intended) was a series of zines I have started publishing (under the umbrella of Arcangel Surfware) called “The Source”.

“The Source” is a series of archival IRL magazines published in issues. Each issue is dedicated to a different software project of mine, and contains: a re-printing of that software’s source code, as well as fairly detailed (though admit-ably sometimes abstract) footnotes about the project’s history. Currently there are 8 issues, but eventually, every single software work of mine will be mirrored by a magazine. To me, these magazines represent the “master” copy of these projects. They are backwards complete as well, you could type them in your machine, and get my original work. LOL.

And , even more to the point, this weekend at the Printed Matter Art Book fair, Arcangel Surfware will be selling the first 8 issues (issues 6,7 & 8 are new!). Also, I will be showing some of the actual works ref’d in the zines, ... I Shot Andy Warhol, Hello World Woreforms, etc, etc. In other words BIG STUFF!

And, last but def not least, you can read about the source - as a concept, in an insanely coherent & beautiful essay by Dragan Espenschied formatted as a rich text format doc here.

DEF C U THERE. But if you are not in NYC no worries, I got you. You can buy the zines here, or download them as PDF’s here.

Sorry for all the TXT :/

Posted on: September 2, 2015


​Designed some merch for my friends Wet. Story here. Buy here. wink

Posted on: May 26, 2015

AUDMCRS, PSK & SUBG @ Ropac, Pantin

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris-Pantin
69 avenue du Général Leclerc, 93500 Pantin
Opening June 7, noon-6. Cory Arcangel & Ensemble Intercontemporain
June 7, noon.

Doing a show in Paris (ps - my last show for a while) Note, and this is a BIGGIE, ... at the opening of the upcoming show, I will doing a collaboration with the Ensemble Intercontemporain! Yah! They will be premiering some new compositions of mine, as well, as playing works by Debussy, Webern, etc, etc. In fact, this will be the WORLD PREMIERE of a historically informed DJ set of the AUDMCRS record collection. Some deetz below. #DontSleep #DontSleep #DontSleep

In the context of the exhibition “AUDMCRS - PSK - SUBG” by Cory Arcangel, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac invites to a concert on Sunday, 7 June at 12pm in the Paris Pantin gallery. This is a unique collaboration between Cory Arcangel and the world-famous Ensemble Intercontemporain founded in 1976 by Pierre Boulez, which is devoted entirely to contemporary chamber music.

The programme will include pieces composed by Cory Arcangel especially for the occasion, as well as works by Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Daniel Glatzel/Johannes Schleiermacher and Anton Webern.

Update: I’ve uploaded the program notes for Sunday’s performance. See below. wink

Posted on: April 20, 2015

Dances For The Electric Piano (Munich)

Dances For The Electric Piano (Munich premiere)

Soloist: Hampus Lindwall
April 24 AT 7.30PM
Hochschule für Fernsehen und film, Munich


Posted on: April 20, 2015

Be the first of your friends


APRIL 24–AUGUST 8, 2015





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ps - If u didnt see the Iceland or Denmark shows, this is a chill chance to see those vibes!