Emergency CUNY Budget Rally Online TOMORROW!, 9:00 — 10:00 PM, April 1, 2021 (#59), 2021. Oil on canvas, 6 x 11 inches.

Michael Mandiberg began the Zoom Paintings, during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. As a coping mechanism and a way to memorialize this new yet increasingly common form of human interaction, Mandiberg began painting the skewed background of a participant from their numerous Zoom meetings. Mandiberg paints the bedrooms, office spaces, kitchens, empty walls, ceilings, and views out their windows in 6 x 11 inches, the proportions of a Zoom video. The artist has, however, omitted the figure that sat there, reinforcing a sense of loneliness and disembodiment.

In November 2020, Denny Dimin Gallery exhibited ten of the earliest Zoom Paintings in a Zoom meeting room accessible through the Virtual section of their website.