Permission Taken, the debut solo exhibtion by Birmingham-based artist Antonio Roberts, launched at Birmingham Open Media last night (23rd October) to a fantastic turnout.
Roberts has been described as “the most exciting UK artist working digitally today”, “a magician of code” and lawded as “the” glitch artist in the UK, so it’s no surprise that hundreds poured into the gallery space to hear him talk about his recent work and view it for themselves.
After helping to bring the GLI.TC/H event to Birmingham in 2011, Roberts work has been recognised and revered across the globe, exhibiting his work in the Institiute of Modern Art in Chicago, TATE Britain and the Computer Art Congress in Brazil. He has since gone on to work with BOYB, Vivid Projects, co-found Fizzpop, and of course is a fellow at BOM.
His work wins demands appreciation both for its artistic merit and technical prowess; a master of all trades and jack of none, he consistently pushes both himself and the technology he uses, bending it to the point of breaking. Roberts work also tackles issues surrounding copyright, ownership and free culture, topics that are increasingly prevelant in modern digital art, especially with platforms such as Tumblr, Instagram etc.
Antonio Roberts’ Permission Taken will be at BOM from 23rd October – 23rd January