For the past eight years, Molly Soda’s existence on the internet has challenged the way we think about identity and ownership in an age where young people have more control over both than ever before. In her most recent exhibition, Im just happy to be here, on display from June 2nd to June 30th at 315 Gallery, Soda brings many of the themes she’s played with in the past a step further, encouraging her patrons to interact with her work in a physical space.
Since beginning to document her life through various digital platforms, Molly Soda has willingly sacrificed her privacy and shame in an effort to display life on the internet. Her pendulum swings from sincere to performative, but never goes outside the realm of honesty. Like many of her projects, the bulk of the work shown in this exhibition forces individuals to confront their online behavior, and pay attention to every- thing about the internet that they so often ignore.
Among the many pieces are videos, GIFs, mirrors containing Instagram DMs, and a performance piece involving the gallery attendees and a computer desktop. Each piece reflects the ongoing relationship between a person online and the people watching them. Much of the work relies on intimate interaction between the audience and devices in front of them. The collection of mirrors bring into question our understanding of privacy and emotional projection on the web.
With Im just happy to be here Soda brings to light the human patterns the internet brings out in everyone who uses it. It’s difficult to take away what Soda is doing from a singular piece of her work. But as a whole, Soda’s art creates an elaborately constructed autopsy of the internet she loves so dearly.
Molly Soda (b. 1989, San Juan, Puerto Rico) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2011. Her recent solo shows include Thanks For The Add! at Leiminspace, Los Angeles, CA, 2017; Comfort Zone, Annka Kultys, London, UK, 2016. Her recent group shows include Waffle Falling Over at Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany, 2017; Friends Only at Vriend Van Bavink, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2016; Your Digital Self Hates You at Stadt Bern, Bern, Switzerland, 2016; Doubly So at Center Galleries, Detroit, MI, 2016; Optimized Textures at Kestner Gesellschaft, Han- nover, Germany, 2015.