Encyclopedia Britannica

Eric Todd, Evan Koch, Steven Breaux

In 2012, the Encyclopædia Britannica announced that it would discontinue
printing physical paper volumes of its findings. Accounting for less the 1%
of sales, the paper version was replaced with its current online version.
In an era where information is not only vastly available, but also vast, artists
are grappling with new positions and perspectives on the ever-changing
pursuit of knowledge. There’s a constant rhythm of data being uploaded,
streamed, shared, snapped, wiki edited, memed – with the internet
operating as a leveled out playing field for disparate things to be head in
the same register. Information is not stagnant in time; it’s constantly
moving, determining itself, arriving on our smart phone screens in various
forms of communication.
But what about the action of painting in an overwhelming era of digital
production and consumption? How can the mark access information that
only the maker can access? And how do these access points manifest
themselves into image/object? Through a series of concentrated
processes, all three artists investigate the relationship between quantified
information and painting, creating intricate networks specific not only to the
medium, but to the individual maker.