Jason Van Anden
Turtles All the Way Down, 2007
dimensions variable; the work is delivered on a standard data disc
Van Anden has let loose an animated turtle in the void of space. The turtle’s actions are probabilistcally controlled–impelled by an algorithm and chance. Turtles All the Way Down represents an attempt to reconcile an impossible situation. The turtle is always on its back or never on its back since it is floating space. The probablistic behavior introduces chaotic action that the artist deliberately set in motion but no longer has any control over.
Jason Van Anden creates works of art that seek to reconcile human emotion, intelligence and free will. He works in mediums both old and new, from clay to software, pencil drawings to robotics. Van Anden's art is exhibited internationally and is engaged in the art, science and technology communities. He holds a BFA from Syracuse University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. More about Van Anden can be found on his website. (www.smileproject.com)