Hailed as “the supreme granddaddy of Seattle blogging” (www.tinyurl.com/robZSG), Robert Zverina celebrates 20 years of hisPicture of the Day website (www.zverina.com) with a multimedia retrospective at Dendroica Gallery, Feb 9 – March 5 2017. This solo exhibition features wall-sized photo montages, robZtv (www.robZtv.com) video projection, and limited edition prints and art books culled from more than 2,100 hand-crafted online posts.
Launched in 1997, Picture of the Day (www.zverina.com) is the longest running website of its kind–an unpredictable mix of photography, creative non-fiction, poetry, citizen journalism, and calls to action rooted in the Web’s early idealism as an anti-commercial space. Much has changed in the online landscape since then but PoD has refused to keep pace. No ads, no gimmicks, and no single reductive idea guiding it, it’s where Web v.1 lives in all its quirky, hand-coded, static HTML glory.
ARTisANAL is both a joke on an overworked marketing term as well as an accurate reflection of Zverina’s meticulous processes. Whether cross-referencing thousands of off-the-cuff pocket videos, arranging found flattened cans into graceful spirals, or assembling elaborate photo mosaics, Zverina sifts and sorts large masses of data and materials, massaging them into integrated wholes that reveal more detail as one zooms in to the granular level. The impulse which guides his prolific documentary work is sweeping and reflexive; what he does with this prodigious output is deeply considered. A populist at heart, Zverina strives to make work that is accessible and affordable to a general audience.
About Robert Zverina
Online portfolio: www.zverina.com/i
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