Real and HyperReal

Tino Rodríguez

El Amante (The Lover),1998

Oil on wood

17 × 16 inches

Museum purchase with funds contributed by Tom and Polly Bredt 

2001.19

Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen
Listening Post, 2002-06
Hardware includes screen modules, support beam, and connective wire; 8 audio speakers and software
233 x 146 x 31 inches
Collection of the San Jose Museum of Art with funding provided by:
Deborah and Andy Rappaport, Lipman Family Foundation, Council of 100.
Additional support provided by Rita and Kent Norton
2005.28

James Doolin
Shopping Mall, 1973-77
Oil on canvas
90 x 90 inches
Gift of Lauren Richardson Doolin with additional funds contributed by Tom and Polly Bredt, in honor of the San Jose Museum of Art's 35th anniversary.
2002.01

Chester Arnold

Ghosts, 2000

Oil on linen

60 x 72 inches

Collection of the San Jose Museum of Art. Gift of Wilson and Dorothy Partridge, in honor of the San Jose Museum of Art’s 35th anniversary.

David Ligare
Areta (Black Figure on a White Horse), 2000
Oil on canvas
96 x 116 inches
Museum purchase with funds contributed by Drew and Katie Gibson and the Lipman Family Foundation
2001.18

Sandow Birk
Inferno, 2003
Oil and acrylic on canvas
66 x 120 inches
Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation, in honor of the San Jose Museum of Art's 35th anniversary.
2003.11

Saturday, January 30, 2010Sunday, August 1, 2010

For centuries, people have admired artists’ magical ability to depict reality—the virtuoso dab of paint that becomes a pearl in a Vermeer painting, for example. What is realism in the 21st century, when our world has taken on a virtual as well as physical dimension? Real and HyperReal contrasts traditional realism rooted in careful observation of our immediate, visible world with new riffs on realism that mirror the expansive realities of the information age. The “real” illusionism of painters such as Sandow Birk, Llyn Foulkes, Tino Rodriguez, and Paul Wonner is juxtaposed with two “hyper-real,” monumental installations by new-media artists Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin (who use live, streaming text pulled from Internet chat rooms in The Listening Post, just back from an extended European tour) and Catherine Wagner (who explores magnetic resonance imaging in Pomegranate Wall). This exhibition asks you to question the ambiguous line between fact and fiction, between illusion and reality today. 

Listening Post Installation Time Lapse

Sponsors 
Yvonne and Mike Nevens