A no-brainer. Artists like Penelope Umbrico, who culls repetitive images from the web to make tiled collages; Alberto Gaitán, who synthesizes online communication into drip paintings; and Cory Arcangel, who composes masterful arrangements of kitten videos from You Tube, are three current incarnations of the trend, each taking a medium (the internet) and producing tactile results from online noise. The next wave of cross-platform communication resulting in new media artwork is only getting bigger, more innovative, and will surely be the juggernaut of the 2010 era. As these projects get more conceptual, traditional museums be challenged to display and promote such work.
Found objects and garbage art: old hat. Instead, we hedge our bets on artist like Florian Slotawa and Michael Johansson (our recent pick for Next Big Thing) who re-contextualize existing objects into compositions that reflect a new perception of reality. It’s no longer enough to carelessly, or even thoughtfully vis-à-vis Duchamp, present a ready-made object as the be-all, end-all of three-dimensional art. Instead, those objects will be reconstituted into intelligent design — call it the Martin Kippenberger effect.
As a backlash to the constant word scroll of new media and its online counterparts, we’re likely to see both painting and multimedia work move in a text-free direction. The last two decades have used text — whether scrolling like Holzer or scrawled like Emin or collaged like Ligon — as a primary conceit. And as much as we like the aforementioned artists, we’re looking forward to the possibility of a little radio silence. After all, you know what they say about pictures (worth a thousand…).
On a related note, some other theories on the direction of contemporary art were put forth on the ArtListPro network: information imagery like charts and graphs, social media, online art vendors, virtual art tours, and earthy/imperfect art. Now, your turn! What do you see happening to the art scene in the next ten years?
Images courtesy of Andy Freeberg, via The Morning News.