The following is a copy of the artist statement that accompanies my exhibition ‘Related Images’ on display at Factory Berlin.
With all of the world’s information available at one’s fingertips, this is a time of summary. The images included in this show, called Related Images, are created using inkjet and acrylic paint on both canvas and paper. By travelling through different mediums – from digital and mobile to traditional paint on canvas – I’m attempting to make a commentary on how these mediums inform and relate to each other, while providing what I hope to be a visually rich and unambiguously contemporary art object.
In a world drowning in images, it seems that the role of the artist is increasingly to provide commentary and analysis. The world doesn’t need another Picasso. It needs clarity and synthesis from the thousands of images that pass across our visual field on a daily basis. By using a minimal, conceptual approach, I hope to create a little dance for the eyes through the weird almost-repetitions and non-repetitions provided by the Google Search queries. In an oblique way, I see this as a window into artificial intelligence and machine learning, as the choice of related images are dictated by algorithms rather than humans. These ‘found objects’ of sorts give us insight into how our technology is modifying our perception of the world, both past and present.
Using canonical works from art history, which I use as a visual anchor of sorts, I hope to show the strange and interesting way that images are presented to us today, as well as how art historical images come down to us in the present. I also use art history as a reference point from which to understand the visual layouts and compositional structures created by technology, in this case, Google Images seen through a smartphone.
Feb. 19, 2018
Adrian Pocobelli is a Berlin-based artist from Toronto, Canada. He has had two solo shows at Fata Morgana in Berlin’s Mitte district in 2017 and has an upcoming show with the Leo Kuelbs Collection at CoGalleries in Berlin on March 23, 2018. He has also written a book on The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard, which is under review.
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