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Ken Solomon’s continued fascination with the habits, styles, and mechanisms of the digital world come to play in these hand painted ceramic vases. The ceramic vessel has a long presence in the history of art and archeology.
Ken Solomon’s continued fascination with the habits, styles, and mechanisms of the digital world come to play in these hand painted ceramic vases. The ceramic vessel has a long presence in the history of art and archeology. In utilitarian terms, ceramic vessels were decorated containers used to transport goods, evidence of daily life and the trade routes of an ever-expanding world. In symbolic terms, the vessel has been used by painters as a symbols of purity, the female body, and the past. Solomon’s application of the loading icon onto the blank vase playfully questions ideas about how we contain, transport, and gather data in the modern world. Solomon has been included in group exhibitions at Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo; Portland Museum of Art; The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York; FLAG Art Foundation, New York; and Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others. In 2005, a group of Solomon’s stamp drawings entered the collection of MoMA, New York.
gallery website: www.joseebienvenugallery.com
Image rights: courtesy of the artist and josée bienvenu gallery, new york
About Ken Solomon
Ken Solomon makes tongue-in-cheek watercolor paintings of Internet screen shots with both exacting detail and a shaky hand. He became famous for painting the Google Image Search results of very specific search terms, including names of famous artists and contradictory terms. His subjects have since expanded to include images of Google Earth, YouTube, and screen shots from iPhones and iPads made to scale. Some of Solomon’s works also take an autobiographical turn, as in his paintings of Facebook profiles of people who share his name, or his Pandora playlists. Solomon says that his paintings are “intended to promote pauses. In a digital world of hyper-speed [….] the work slows down visual information, fossilizing the flux.”
American, b. 1971