Ender Gallery is an exhibition space and artist residency that exists inside the game Minecraft.
About the residency
Partnering with the MacKenzie Art Gallery and curated by Sarah Friend, Cat Bluemke, and Jonathan Carroll, Ender Gallery is excited to host our first run of programming! We have four residencies planned for 2021, featuring Cat Haines, Simon M. Benedict, Huidi Xiang, and Travess Smalley.
A Minecraft ride towards World Border : Jan 22 12:00 pm CST (1:00 pm EST, 7:00 pm CEST)
Join us this Saturday for the last event from our programming year - a journey with @travess by minecart to world border, which is the outer extreme of Minecraft’s procedurally-generated terrain. As always, this will be livestreamed on the Mackenzie Art Gallery’s twitch channel, instagram, and facebook pages!
Presenting Change Language Resource Pack, a solo exhibition by Travess Smalley. During his residency, Smalley has been developing a texture pack where the images and textures present in the game are replaced with randomly generated language. The result is a surreal reading experience, reminiscent of a concrete poem, that turns the familiar Minecraft world into an abstract, austere, and newly dangerous place (be careful identifying lava!). As a companion to the exhibition, Smalley will also be releasing the full resource pack for at-home players as well
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Travess Smalley is an artist working with computation to make generative image systems. Smalley is interested in painting software, chance, computer graphics, and drawing. His artwork is represented by Foxy Production in New York and he is currently teaching and studying towards a MFA in Digital + Media at Rhode Island School of Design. Smalley has exhibited and lectured on his generative image making practice widely and internationally since 2008, including a lecture at the Bibliothèque Kandinsky - Centre Pompidou in Paris during spring 2016 about his ongoing series of self-published print-on-demand books. Smalley’s artwork is also in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art and Hood Museum of Art. His work has been shown at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Kunsthal Rotterdam, and International Center of Photography, New York City.