Untitled, inkjet print and Flashe vinyl paint on Gampi paper, 49.5 x 41.6 cm. /19.5 x 16.4 inches, edition 100, signed and numbered, 2014
If Laura Owens hence decides to recreate a set of twelve emojis using this technique, the effect is both ironic and intriguing. These pictorial symbols have come to encode, most succinctly, a basic set of emotions and are used for digital communication, whether via texting or social media, where they circulate weightlessly as funny little standardized replacements for the human face; substitutions for the materially absent interlocutor. Remodeled as a set of irregularly shaped white globes that stand out in front of a wooden background, they now lurk in real space like a collection of animal specimens. This arrangement is photographed and then digitally manipulated to create, for example, the blue tear, and the black pupils of the emojis’ eyes. Further, Owens has added a set of three residually expressive yellow strokes executed in vinyl polymer. The result is a work that is at once intricate and entertaining: Firmly rejecting any easy conceptualization of post-net art, it bounces back and forth between analogue and digital, drawing its qualities from this ongoing traffic between the domain of objects and the realm of information.
Untitled, aquatint on blue gampi paper chine collé, paper size 21 x 12 3/4 inches /53.3 x 32.4 cm., image size 18 x 10 inches /45.7 x 24.4 cm., edition 10, signed and numbered, 2010
Untitled, colour soft ground etching with spit bite and sugar lift aquatints, paper size 37¼ x 49¼ inches /94.6 x 125.1 cm., image size 28¾ x 41¼ inches /73 x 104.8 cm., edition 10, signed and numbered, 2010
Untitled, set of 3 colour sugar lift, spit bite and soap ground aquatints, paper size each panel 36½ x 28¼ inches /92.7 x 71.8 cm., image size each panel 31 x 23¼ inches /78.7 x 59.1 cm., edition 25, signed and numbered, 2010
Untitled, colour lithograph and collage on wove paper, paper size 44 x 53.3 cm. /17 ⅜ x 13 ⅞ inches, image size 30 x 22.8 cm. /11 ¾ x 9 inches, edition 90, signed, dated and numbered, 2001
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