This exhibition, on view at David Zwirner New York, presents photographs from Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s Hustlers series (1990-1992). Taken just over twenty years ago in Los Angeles in the vicinity of Santa Monica Boulevard, it features male prostitutes posing for the camera for a fee loosely equivalent to what they would charge for their sexual services. DiCorcia paid the subjects with grant money awarded to him by the National Endowment for the Arts, a bold gesture during the controversial years that witnessed censorship of NEA-supported exhibitions by Robert Mapplethorpe, Andres Serrano, and other artists.
“0,16 is a light installation in which the shadows of a passerby are transformed into pixels.
The installation consists of a wall built of small square frames covered front and back with transparent paper. A third layer of paper is attached in the center of the frames. A lamp shining at a distance breaks the shadows of the passersby into squares, allowing a pixelated human figure to be seen on the other site of the installation.
In this simple way, Bartholl renders tangible the pixels found in the world of digital communications.The resolution of the screen is 0,16 ppi (pixels per inch), hence the title.”