Aziz & Cucher (Established 1992, USA)

Anthony Aziz and Sammy Cucher began working together in 1992, and have since worked in a variety of media including digital imaging, sculpture, animation, and video-installation.

Their work has been marked by a distinctive concern regarding technology and its impact on the human body and on consciousness. The “Synaptic Bliss” and “Scenapse” series, produced between 2003 -2008 address the notion of  landscape and can be seen as an extension of their work dealing with the body in the previous decade.

The works in this series appear like electronic impressionism with almost hallucinatory, disorientating effects. In their work they have held a long conversation between the painterly and the photographic. Not only were their earlier works such as “Dystopia” (1994-95) based on the conventions and traditions of portraiture established in the renaissance, but the actual making of those digitally altered photographs involved a kind of electronic painting where pigment and paint were replaced by pixels and data. This dynamic relationship between these two media tipped decisively towards the painterly in later works like the “Nocturnes” and the videos from “Synaptic Bliss”(2003-4), where in an effort to represent a mode of perception signed by digital technology and science, they let go of photographic realism and opted for a complex and multi-layered flatness that veered towards abstraction and where color and line were the main expressive elements.

In the “Scenapse” series they have reclaimed some elements of photographic representation and its power to capture and maintain the specificity of the world. Yet this world is modulated by fragmentation, separation, and reconstitution, as markers of a consciousness that can only see the world in pieces but that can achieve a kind of ecstatic hyper-awareness of the interconnectedness of all parts.

Since 2009 they have created a number of large scale video installations that explore the landscape from a more political point of view, and have begun the production of a series of jacquard tapestries that seek to achieve a synthesis between digital imaging and the tradition of allegorical narratives as depicted in European tapestries. 

Aziz + Cucher are both members of the Faculty at Parsons The New School, New York. They live and practice in Brooklyn, New York.

Aziz & Cucher Established 1992

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