The painting above is part of my warm up to painting again, still in the early stages now. I am fundamentally attracted to imagery of symbolic abstraction that relates to biological life. I’m also interested in technology.
Hypersock is a visually symbolic painting at that intersection.
For the last three years, I’ve explored the world on online business and dove deep into the labyrinth of the internet, seeking the proverbial pot of gold, hidden opportunities and the insider knowledge that allows some people to win so big while the rest struggle and struggle for the most modest income. It was a serious pursuit, and a journey in the spirit of Tehching Hsieh, the great endurance artist, and of Tracey Emin, art as a life lived and proclaimed art.
Hypersock looks like a disconnected neural pathway. That’s because it’s one depiction of a journey through the internet. The internet offers millions of fixed paths, mostly defined by marketers and businesses. The whole affair is organic in the sense that so many people have contributed to the end product, but it is a fixed game. The intention of internet workers is that the journey will be fascinating, with lots of stimulation and wonder. Ultimately, the paths presented in this painting all end, or fail to make a connection to another body. It’s an open loop inside a closed loop.