"Redux" series
Plastic, acrylic, glass, and spray paint
Critic and novelist Bruce Sterling has said, “The idea that the virtual is somehow philosophically separate from the actual is a period notion. It’s done.” Encompassing websites, video, collage and sculpture, Harm van ven Dorpel melds physical and virtual realms, exploring how their overlap affects aesthetics and objecthood. He often utilizes sophisticated design and programming to create works that return materiality to digital form. For the series “Redux,” van den Dorpel appropriated movie posters from popular Hollywood films, including Cloverfield, The Lost World, and King Kong, which rely on costly technologies to create spectacular digital effects. These are the same technologies that are later used (by non-industry professionals) to capture and distribute the films for free via peer-to-peer networks and on CDs and DVDs. The collages in “Redux” are inspired by this radical shift in form. They draw on the commercial branding of the DVD-R & CD-Rs to examine the way content is carried in a postcinematic, sometimes illegal state, where packaging and presence has been completely stripped down. By removing all figurative elements from the original posters and adding other material such as plastics, acrylic, glass, and spray paint, the collages lose their primary narrative and commercial context. What remains is a vastly different object, abstracted from its original, relying almost entirely on pattern and texture to convey a complex media transition, that is totally unlike, but haunted by its original content.
Photography Credit
Benoit Pailley
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