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VIDEO :: William Betts’ surveillance art.

WILLIAM BETTS :: Pool, Miami Beach, 10.06.2010 3:16 pm, 2011, 24 x 36 inches, Acrylic paint on reverse drilled mirror acrylic, Edition of 3

WILLIAM BETTS :: Pool, Miami Beach, 10.06.2010 3:16 pm, 2011, 24 x 36 inches, Acrylic paint on reverse drilled mirror acrylic, Edition of 3

William Betts makes art from surveillance video footage… or rather, William Betts tells machines to make art from surveillance video footage. What CAN’T a CNC machine do? They’re so mystical it’s like they were brought to us by intelligent life forms from other solar systems, like the pyramids.

Imagery of unsuspecting poolside vacationers and Saturday strollers wears a familiar half-tone dot pattern – like a comic book or newspaper. (Umm, hotel rooms have cameras? Uh oh…) The work definitely gives you a new lens to view the subjects through, and also to consider the mad camera ridden society we occupy: there’s a good bit in here where Betts addresses the fact that we’re all on camera in the public realm and have no idea – there’s no way of knowing how many photos there are of us out there in the world. Sit on that for a moment.

 

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