Claire Jervert "Geminoid H-1" 2015
Approx. 9.5" x 7.5" (framed)
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In her ANDROID PORTRAITS series, Claire Jervert explores that quintessential art-historical signifier of human specialness: the portrait. Employing the traditions of this genre–which were developed to highlight the uniqueness and psychological depth of the individual–these drawings depict the faces of a variety of “races” of androids, reflecting the international nature of their creation. The drawings also invest their subjects with a degree of dignity and emotional nuance previously reserved for human subjects, becoming in themselves metaphors for the larger issue of human uniqueness raised by the development of androids.
Claire Jervert is a painter, digital artist and sculptor who creates portraits (often combining mediums) which signify technology and communication’s intersection with contemporary and future culture. In the NY Times, William Zimmer described her Sky series, which incorporates digital processes, as related to surrealism, edifying banality, and that “the resultant paintings are beautiful.” Jervert’s Android Portraits, developed through ongoing research and interaction with humanoid robots and their creators, subvert portraiture's traditional mission of ennobling the human, while stirring contemplation of a possible future of humanity. In the Branding series, hundreds of hand-painted logos float blizzard-like in a black void and function as pictographic portraits of persons whose lives tap into the culture of social media, where identities cross into the realm of personal branded advertising. Jervert has exhibited in the United States and internationally, including the Flag Art Foundation, Newark Museum, Chelsea Art Museum, White Columns NY, Steffany Martz Gallery NY, La Paternal, Argentina, and on urban screens in Melbourne, Milan and Dubai. Her work is included in private collections in the US and Europe.