Why make art? There are all kinds of reasons, from the social and the political to the economic, the expressive and, of course, the aesthetic. Some prints by Brandan Zych suggest the addition of a sixth possibility, the technological. In “Atlas” and “Extruder” Zych produces a watercolor drawing, scans it, then runs it through various programs like Photoshop and Corel Painter, printing out end results that little resemble their origins, or each other. The former registers as a murky, moody corner of sky; the latter as an explosion of infinite light and glass shards. Zych controls these outcomes just so much, and so it seems only right to give credit to his artistic collaborator: the computer.
—Lori Waxman 11/13/16 2:50 PM