In 3 Modifications, Brody Condon uses current computer games to update Northern European masterpieces by Dieric Bouts, Gerard David, and Hans Memling. Condon’s digital tableaux vivants—he calls them “self-playing video games”—draw unexpected connections between the iconography of Flemish masters and the quasi-religious fantasy worlds on our screens. He reworks and restages, replacing the Christ in David’s baptism scene with a diseased, potbellied creature, or dramatically enlarging the heavenly gates from the left panel of Memling’s Last Judgment triptych. Resurrection (after Bouts) works best, perhaps because the smaller scale of the projection allows for sharper, more painterly imagery. In the original, a red-robed Christ is shown rising from the tomb; in Condon’s version, an androgynous blue figure demonstrates the yoga “tree” pose next to a blazing campfire and indifferent spectators.
New York, NY
Brody Condon’s work includes sculpture, performative events, and computer game modifications. Condon has been regularly featured in museum and gallery group exhibitions, film festivals, and conferences, including the Whitney Biennial, Pace Wildenstein Gallery, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Solo exhibitions have included Museum het Domein in the Netherlands, Virgil de Voldere Gallery in New York, and the Kitchen (with C-level). He has attended residencies at Skowhegan and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, and has taught at the University of California at Irvine and at San Diego.