Amsterdam, May 2019 – 'Post Digital Pop' group show at The Garage Amsterdam from May 17th delivers an all star lineup of artists whose works reflect their relationship with themselves and others through digital screens. The exhibition brings together a new generation of talents that share their vision of our digital-fueled reality through a more or less traditional artistic approach.
Post Digital Pop is a term originally coined by painter Oli Epp for his seminal 2017 degree show, and it feels like it's growing into a genre of its own, convening creatives that are directly responding to technological novelties and social trends of the 21st century.
"I understand post-digital, not as "after" digital, but as how we think about ourselves in the context of the digital age, or even directly through it — our relationship with ourselves and others through screens. So, if our lives are an economy of real and digital spaces, I use pop as a medium to move between them because of the way that advertising, etc. bleeds between the realms." - Oli Epp
Curated by Sasha Bogojev and Mark Chalmers, the show artists are balancing between the real and digital, existing and producing work inside and about the familiar space that is becoming everyone's reality. Getting inspiration from a variety of sources, and covering a wide range of motifs, themes, or visual languages, they are getting their physical from their digital, while reinventing the classic techniques, formats, and aesthetics as well as introducing new ones.
Their vision of a modern day world, contemporary art, social interactions, or self-awareness, are influenced by social media, gaming, TV shows, and popular culture, and they use everything from abstraction to realism, and deconstructivism to reconstructivism when experimenting with paint on canvas. From spray paint, acrylic paint, oils, airbrush, enamel paint, all the way to use of nontraditional materials, these artists are creating their own rules on the go. Or to put it more precisely, they are breaking the traditional rules, just as the old socio-economic norms are getting quickly outdated by the fast-paced digitally powered and interconnected world around us.
Post Digital Pop includes new original works by Brandon Lipchik (USA), Brian Willmont (USA), Cathrin Hoffmann (GER), Cesar Piette (FRA), Maja Djordjevic (SER), Philip Geraldo (IRL), and Super Future Kid (UK).