‘The algorithm is trying to capture the perfect parameters for manipulating a brain,
while the brain, in order to seek out deeper meaning, is changing in response to the algorithm’s experiments’
Jaron Lanier, 2018
The title of the series reference the mysteriously prurient world depicted in Bosch’s In the Garden of Earthly Delights. The uncanny, dysmorphic and anthropomorphic forms in Sapiens, An unreliable culture of images, Still Life, Sophos and Nuclear Love take a wry look at our ocular, online culture. The quotation above is from the book ‘Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now’, written by Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier, and asks the viewer to consider the normative influence of Instagram in the context of visual and material culture.
I was invited to create a series of 5 paintings for a touring group show (Pet Dam) opening in Ljubljana in December 2018, opening at Kibla Maribor in December 2018 and travelling to the Mestna Galerija, Nova Gorica in January 2019. My series, In the Garden of Earthly Delights: Or if Hieronymus Bosch had Instagram, is comprised of 3 large paintings (exhibited at Kibla Maribor and Nova Gorica) and one smaller piece at Novak, Gallerija, Ljubljana.
At Kibla Gallerija, Maribor:
Sapiens, oil on canvas, 173 cm x 135cm, 2018
An unreliable culture of Images, oil on canvas, 173 cm x 135cm, 2018
Nuclear Love, oil on canvas, 173 cm x 135cm, 2018
Sophos, oil on canvas and black carbon text, 173 cm x 135cm, 2018
At Novak Gallerija, Ljubljana:
Still Life, oil on canvas, 123 cm x 79cm, 2018
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