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shim JAN ROBERT LEEGTE   SCROLLBARS [1]       22.04.05 - 24.06.05
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This exhibition presented the first UK showing of Jan Robert Leegte's work. A selection of three pieces were presented: a minimal ground piece, Scrollbar, a horizontal scrollbar isolated from its original context and given a physical presence in the space, along with the double Scrollbars and a new installation, Scrollbar Composition, a complex composition of many scrollbars forming a rectangular screen.

Themes explored through the series ranged from a minimal sculptural statement in Scrollbar, through the adaptation of architectural space and references to concerns around virtual space in Scrollbars, to the continuation and consideration of modernist compositional aesthetics and simplicity in Scrollbar Composition.

 

  Jan Robert Leegte started exploring the sculptural properties of Internet browsers and software in general in 1997, using buttons, scrollbars, and table borders in online installations; in earlier sculptural works he used unusual materials, creating walls from sheets of Xerox copy paper or large slabs of brown packing paper. The various elements of the browser window appear to have a striking physical reality, gained through user familiarity, interactivity and animation. Most people consider the scrollbar to be a virtual object, not weighted with any real-world significance, but in use it triggers reactions such as frustration, anger, and boredom-induced clicking. Reactions like these suggest a subconscious acceptance of the inherent 'reality' of these objects.  
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