“These technologies allow me to construct rich new virtual worlds. I combine the language of video games and pop culture with classical references to create my own ‘Boschian’ 21st-century hellscape and purgatory.” –- Jon Rafman
Jon Rafman’s recent works tap the creative potential of machine learning, continuing his longstanding practice of both applying the latest digital technologies and analyzing their impact on everyday life. Like much of Rafman’s recent output, the pieces created for this show explore themes of nostalgia, youth, and false memories, as well as isolation and the alienation of individuals from society.
An immersive experience awaits visitors in the gallery’s upstairs exhibition area. Stepping behind a video installation, viewers enter an octagonal, chapel-like space with custom-made vinyl wallpaper covering the floor and walls, upon which new, large-scale paintings have been hung.
The creative, innovative potential of these algorithmically-generated works stems from the artist’s own complex powers of imagination. Rafman’s process begins with text and words; content that is subjected to a calculated, algorithmic process before it ultimately materializes as physical reality.
September 17 - November 12