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030807

05/11/2003
Furtherfield

Much of Lo_y’s work is poetic, dynamic in its conception rather than in its functionality. The deliberate assembling of text & character symbols in earlier works have referred to the formal possibilities of the code behind digital content, making it its subject. These are abstract works, stripped of narrative, subjectivity or political slant.
030807 marks a new direction for L_oy, as previous work have consisted of high colour, static html code texts on strongly contrasting backgrounds. I have enjoyed the austere Greenburgian qualities of these earlier works, where the only interaction required to view them is to scroll down or across on your browser. This piece seems in some ways more ambiguous in its pursuit of bare bone aesthetics. With this work, (unusually, made in Flash) the formal essence and non representational focus is revealed by the user’s exploration of the page. As one clicks and moves one’s mouse over the organic silhouette forms, ranged in a grid across the page, they morph to reveal sigils.

In a recent message on August Highland’s site I noticed a statement from Lo_y. It went “well there’s not much to say. Lo_y is only what Lo_y writes. No history, no stories, no explanations…

So I better shut my mouth.