Studio Visit, a work for the world wide web by Cheryl Donegan, will be launched on March 20, 1997, at http://www.diacenter.org/donegan/. For Studio Visit, Donegan has put together a visually rich and playful interface constructed from imagery she has utilized in her studio practice. Film frames, TV screens, thumb prints, detergent bottles, and Newport cigarette's advertising campaign are some of the sources of the motifs she adopted and recreated for the site. Studio Visit also includes a series of images of Donegan at work in her studio over the course of a day. Opting for "low-tech" tricks, she has created an interactive experience from a combination of gif animations, frames, refreshes, mouse-overs and other devices inherent to the web.
Donegan's previous work has encompassed video, painting and performance, often putting an ironic and irreverent spin on conventions of art practice and art history. For example, several of her videos portray the artist executing simple, conceptual performances which result in paintings or drawings generated by various parts of her body. In Studio Visit, Donegan has transformed her experimentation with the language of painting into the medium of the web with wit and humor.
Cheryl Donegan was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1962, and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and at Hunter College in New York. Her first one-person show was at the Elizabeth Koury Gallery in New York in 1993, with more recent solo exhibitions at Basilico Fine Arts in New York, Galerie Rizzo in Paris, and currently, at the Baumgartner Gallery in Washington, D.C. She has exhibited widely in group shows in the United States and Europe. One of her works is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art in "Young and Restless," an exhibition of contemporary video art by young artists working in New York City.
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