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Jon Rafman

Canadian, b. 1981

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Jon Rafman

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Canadian, b. 1981

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Digital artist Jon Rafman is best known for his work around Google Street View, which he approaches as a repository of images that bring to the fore the relationship between technology and human experience. Concerned with the tension between the camera’s indifference and the human search for meaning, he has said, “While celebrating and critiquing modern experience, the technological tools themselves show how they can estrange us from ourselves.” For his ongoing project, Brand New Paint Job, Rafman appropriates elements from modernist paintings—by Joan Miró, Yves Klein, and Jackson Pollock, among others—using them as textures that he applies to digital renderings of 3D models, including busts, interior spaces, cars, and pieces of furniture.

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Solo show at a major institution
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
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Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 6 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 3 more
Biography

Digital artist Jon Rafman is best known for his work around Google Street View, which he approaches as a repository of images that bring to the fore the relationship between technology and human experience. Concerned with the tension between the camera’s indifference and the human search for meaning, he has said, “While celebrating and critiquing modern experience, the technological tools themselves show how they can estrange us from ourselves.” For his ongoing project, Brand New Paint Job, Rafman appropriates elements from modernist paintings—by Joan Miró, Yves Klein, and Jackson Pollock, among others—using them as textures that he applies to digital renderings of 3D models, including busts, interior spaces, cars, and pieces of furniture.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 6 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 3 more
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Feb 20th, 2019
8 Artists Pushing the Limits of Digital Effects and VR
17 Artists Share the Music That Inspires Them in the Studio
Jun 27th, 2018
17 Artists Share the Music That Inspires Them in the Studio
Virtual Reality Is the Most Powerful Artistic Medium of Our Time
Mar 16th, 2016
Virtual Reality Is the Most Powerful Artistic Medium of Our Time
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