Welcome to the show Pt.1 - Jakko Pallasvuo & Jonathan Balldock 7th December 2013 - 1st February 2014
Welcome to the Show is a three part series, which pair's one predominately post-internet artist with one sculptural based artist, purposely forcing each artist into a category highlighting the taxonomy that allows group sorting and categorizing of various images and text.
Post-Internet is a term that has been knocking around for a while, first coined by Marisa Olson in an interview in 2008. Type into you're favorite web browser 'post-internet art' and you get a few pretty images of purposefully bad stylized artworks made on Photoshop or sculptures replicating this style, you might even get a cat meme or two.
What even is post-internet? Like other classification systems of objects or concepts, post-internet doesn't indicate the end of the Internet; rather it indicates a set of cultural tendencies working as an of-the-cuff adjective to how the Internet has changed. The Internet on a completely generalised level has given people unprecedented access to information and images. You can pay bills online, buy a new pair of sneaks, speak to someone half way across the world without the use Jurassic Park 3 style satellite telephone, you can even date, all from the comfort of you're favorite armchair, you don't even have to put on a pair of trousers.
This increase of accessibility and distribution of information has meant that almost everything is cast out into this mainstream Internet world. Someone said to me the other day "you've got to make sure all you're shows are documented and put online somehow, because that's what really matters" - I'm not knocking the point; it's a valid one. However I think that all artists have to deal with the Internet, it's a platform, a tool even, giving access to a widespread audience to view the work in some sort of two dimensional recontextualised screen based faux exhibition. Has this increased access to information become too much? Is it bombarding us with more and more decontextualised, fragmented images, making us decide quickly whether it's interesting or not?
On one hand I'm talking about Post-Internet in terms of distribution of artwork and on the other I'm talking about subscribing to a trend or an aesthetic, loosely categorising it to a palatable buzzword. For me this increased style or category of artwork is much more self referential, not only to itself and the artist but to the mass culture around us, creating a way the viewer can see the work, take a step back then relate to it, therefore enabling the viewer to engage more readily with complex conceptual ideas.
Is the term Post-Internet just a trend of aesthetical decisions with purposeful bad Photoshop and crass gradients? Or is it using these aesthetics that we've become so accustomed to, to explore our own relationship with this rapidly–changing cultural object, the Internet?