Post-Digital Monsters

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The dawn of the digital age at the turn of the millennium gave rise to a new breed of figurative design. These so-called ‘characters’ were reduced, flat, friendly and free of all narrative, biographical or cultural context, leaving them to function purely in terms of appeal and their ability to trigger empathy and connect with the viewer on an emotional level.

Today, ‘character design’ plays a vital role in our culture of visual overload and global communication. Its almost typographic minimalism and absent corporeality continue to amplify the uncanny feeling of being confronted with strange entities from another world.

Pictoplasma presents a selection of international artists who have transformed their characters from digital to analogue, re-discovering such slow media as¬†bronze, wool, clay, wood, rubber and different methods of drawing and painting. This ‘post-digital’ strategy can be seen as a quest for a state of permanence beyond the fleeting, flickering moment when the digital ‘monsters’ appear on our computer screens. It also links contemporary figurative art to an ancient genealogy quite distinct from our all-surface digital culture: the ritualistic practices, mystic totems and animist masks that have long combined anthropomorphic principles with graphical reduction and abstraction.

pdm_smal_02Hyein Lee
pdm_smal_04Jeremy Dower
pdm_smal_05Ben & Julia
pdm_smal_06Jordan Metcalf
pdm_smal_07Missing Link Installation
pdm_smal_08Steve Alexander
pdm_smal_09Joshua Ben Longo
pdm_smal_11Nick Sheehy
pdm_smal_12Motomichi Nakamura
pdm_smal_13Nina Braun
pdm_smal_14AJ Fosik
pdm_smal_16Sarah Illenberger
pdm_smal_17Digital Portraits / Various Artists
pdm_smal_18Raymond Lemstra
pdm_smal_19Juan Pablo Cambariere
pdm_smal_20Roman Klonek
pdm_smal_21Allison Schulnik
pdm_smal_22Nick Cave
pdm_smal_23Megan Whitmarsh
pdm_smal_25Rina Donnersmarck