Postcards from Google Earth, Bridges
Google Earth, Postcards
6 x 4 inches each
Clement Valla is an artist and programmer interested in processes that produce unfamiliar artifacts and skew reality. Valla works within systems, applying a ‘programmed brain’ that pushes problem-solving logic to irrational ends. His recent work examines copies, repetition and reproduction markets—from Chinese 'Oil-Painting Factories' to drawings on Amazon's Mechanical Turk. This work explores the tension between individual creativity and the influence of systems and networks on the individual.
Valla received a BA from Columbia University in 2001, where he studied architecture. After working for architects in the United States, France, and China, Valla began using computers and digital technologies in his own work. He studied the intersection between art and computer programming at the Rhode Island School of Design's Digital+Media MFA program.
Immersed in Every Sense is supported by the Duke University Council for the Arts Visiting Artist Fund and the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies Visiting Artist Fund.