I saw the Jay Davis/Mary Boone ad in January 2003 Artforum (again) last night. I see where the 'architectural' notion in this thread is coming from. I saw more of Davis at the Mary Boone web site this morning, plus some of Dan Kopp online; didn't find Monogenus, however.
I was struck by a strong similarity between Davis' work and a set of (512) digital images I quickly composed the last four days of April 2001. My images were used as webpage backgrounds for a compact disk publication, and before I am again accused of self promotion, hear me out because I want to raise the issue of the strong likelihood that computer graphics are very much influencing, whether consciously of unconsciously, perceptions/depictions of 'painterly space' (to use a simple phrase) these days. [I'm not suggesting that Davis is somehow familiar with my work, however.]
I know how I came to these images. First I screen captured architectural images I generated using 2d and 3d CAD (computer aided design) software. Then I played with these images within the very basic 'photopaint' software I got with my scanner back in 1996. When I say played, I mean I merely utilized any numbers of image manipulation options on a given image, completely arbitrarily, for about 10 minutes or so, then saved the result, and then started over again with the same 'original' image, or moved on to a next 'original' image, or continued to manipulate the manipulated image I just stored, played with that some more, and then saved it as a whole new image.
Once I got started, it was quick, quick, quick, and easy, easy, easy. Granted the digital images are not large paintings, but they could be, or they could be projected on a large monitor (note they are already projected on a small monitor), or they could be printed on large transparancies and mounted on a light box, etc. The quickness of image generation process is a big plus, and should not be discounted as 'not seriously skillful enough' (again to use a simple phrase). Computers did/do greatly enhance and accelerate dexterity, remember.
Picking up on Capricorn's concise history of 'picture space' above, the space within software on a computer screen has to be annexed to that history. Architects were somewhat forced to accept the new 'drawing plane' of the computer screen (and luckily I've been doing just that since February 1983). I remember very distinctly back then wondering where this new way of drawing and viewing imagery was going to lead. I also early on learned that just being completely arbitrary with it all lead very quickly to the most fecund results.
Reenactment, in the philosophy of history sense of the word, is certainly an excellent mnemonic device.
"Say again. Replicants are a mnemonic device?"