In his CNN Style Article Steven Murphy writes about "How the internet changed the Art world".
I believe his view of the internet and the art world is correct. We live in a moment of extreme and sudden change. Artists and the art world are beginning to feel and describe the shock of this very recent event. We are in a new era; A digital age.
Steven writes about how the internet is the greatest invention since the camera. But I am willing to go further and say that the internet is so profound that it is the Gutenberg press that the internet has ultimately surpassed.
Artist now are more conscious of the culture change the internet and technology has caused. Artists now are beginning to produce new, original and creative works of art in it's wake. The art world is finally catching up after spending four decades in conceptualism (a now dusty and old way of looking at art, in my humble opinion). If galleries, curators and dealers are serious about the future they will follow art made in this digital era as our generations major contribution to the humanities.
My series "SUPERPAINT" deals with this change. My idea was to use digital imagery as subject matter for painting; merging the digital and the analog. I started in 2015 with painting on canvas early pixelated wingding characters that I blew up to reveal the bright pixels of the image. The peak was in 2017 of course with my masterpiece (and yes. I am that bold with self description) "PAINT", which is a work that focused on digital art, viral culture and techadence (technolgy + decadence). "Paint" went on to gather over 133k likes and upvotes acrosss reddit, instagram and facebook combined. Right now in 2018 I am still creating Superpaint art works, but they are very private and I show them now only to close friends and family.
Stevens article ends with him talking about Rasa, "Rasa is what you must feel when you see a painting." I believe in this. The master artists of our time must attempt to pull from the soul and hearts of their audiences. Unfortunately, technology is cold and soul sucking and human beings will be in danger of becoming heartless machines. It is now the artist's duty to restore the spiritual like power of art back into the culture.
- Sergio Mata