Medals (After Stella) (www.medalsafterstella.com) pulls its composition cues from Twitter, presenting a changing array of concentric squares in gold, silver, and bronze. The piece searches Twitter for recent tweets containing the words “olympics”, “medal”, and at least one of the three medal colors. New qualifying tweets appear in the outer-most ring and are subsequently pushed towards the center. Originally produced during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, I am excited to monitor its activity during the 2012 London games.
The visual motif is borrowed from artist Frank Stella. When thinking about medals — or metals — and olympic rings, Stella’s black, aluminum, and copper paintings jumped to mind.
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