The size of the video game industry has swelled since last I spoke to artist Yucef Merhi. Three years ago, I first caught his Atari Poetry IV exhibit at the Orange Lounge digital museum at South Coast Plaza. He took his love of video games and created poetry with an old Atari 2600 console.
Video games + Art = what’s not to like?
The Venezuelan-born artist returns to Orange County on Saturday with a new exhibit focusing on — what else? — video games.
The new show, “atari ex machina,” examines the origin of language by means of simple programming iterations. The viewer sees a movie made with an Atari 2600 plus the process that generates the experience.
The piece is part of “re-Perspective,” a show at The Office art gallery in Huntington Beach. It opens tomorrow night and runs through Oct. 12. Sadly, this is also the last show for the The Office, at least in the near future, according to Register arts blogger Richard Chang.
Catch the opening reception of the show on Saturday, Sept 15, at 6 p.m.
The Office is at 5122 Bolsa,
Suite 110, in Huntington Beach. For more details, see theofficeart.com or Yucef’s site, cibernetic.com.