We Saw This, So Should You: Nancy Daly, Laini Nemett, and Andrew Neumann at VisArts

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ABOUT Nancy Daly: 286,000,000 RESULTS Exhibit Statement (Photos by Dwayne Butcher)

On the internet, frequency has become more important than value when establishing relevance. Companies not only need to create products, but they have to generate written content about them with unceasing fervor in order to remain on the first page of search engine results. Often, these companies outsource content management and blog posting to keep up with the relentless demands for content, while not expending their time and energy doing so. These hired content writers, often not experts in the fields they are writing for and often writing for upwards of 10 clients a day in a wide range of fields, must first do research. Short on time because of high daily word count demands, these content writers turn to the internet as the most obvious source of information. They find themselves citing other companies and organizations who are presumably also employing content writers to do the same sort of research. The result is the same information, appropriated and rearranged in different ways and put back into the internet in an endless loop. This series addresses this process of research, regurgitation, and buildup that has become so prevalent online and that only serves to dilute and obscure the content being cited.






Nancy Daly’s current body of work examines how the development of the online social world is affecting identity and social behavior. By creating interactive machines reminiscent of outdated technology, she addresses the contradictions present in various social media that are at once ephemeral and entirely permanent. Interactivity and the vocabulary of minimalist sculpture are key elements of her installations that challenge the viewer to look beyond the user-friendliness of online technology and consider what their participation in social media means.


Laini Nemett’s recent paintings and constructions piece together fragments of place to investigate ways of both conceiving and experiencing ideas of home. “Stairs, hallways, balconies, construction sites—details from interior and exterior spaces I pass through are the raw materials of my studio practice.”







Extended time in various architectural cultures has shaped how I understand the idea of home. In São Tomé, Africa, collage-like architecture and organic urban growth allows each building to tell its own current narrative; in Baltimore, Maryland, buildings are bordered up and left as skeletons of a family’s history. In the boroughs of New York, old façades are painted away or torn down as new anonymous condo projects begin almost every day. I piece together fragments of place to investigate ways of both conceiving and experiencing “home”.

Artist Bio: Laini Nemett lives and works in Long Island City, New York. She received a B.A. from Brown University and M.F.A. from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Nemett’s work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and China. In 2012, she was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and received the “Young Artist Award” from the Bethesda Painting Awards. Recent residencies and fellowships include UCross Artist Residency and Jentel Artist Residency in Wyoming and The Alfred & Trafford Klots International Program in France. Nemett is an adjunct faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Andrew Neumann is an artist who works in a variety of media, including sculpture, film and video installation, and electronic/interactive music. In 2004 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has recently had one-person shows at bitforms Gallery in Seoul, Korea, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, bitforms Gallery, NYC, and a solo show for the Boston Cyberarts Festival. His original artistic output consisted of single channel videos and films. He then moved on to integrate a variety of electronic and digital technologies into his 3D and sculptural work.


In addition to this, he has been building electronic musical interfaces, and is very active in electro-acoustic improvisation. His music is available on Sublingual Records. His single channel videos have been shown on PBS, The Worldwide Video Festival, Artist Space, and elsewhere. He has had solo music/video performances at Experimental Intermedia, Roulette, Issue Project Room in New York. During 2001 he was an Artist in Residence at the iEAR Studio at Rensalear Polytech Institute and at the Visual Studies Workshop. He has also had residencies at The Experimental Television Center, MacDowell Colony, YADDO, Ucross Foundation, Steim , Atlantic Center for the Arts, Art/OMI , and iPARK.

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