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Over 100 works have been brought together from Manfred Mohr’s computer generated drawings created in the 60s and 70s to the “post-internet” oeuvre of art in more recent years.
In the 1990s the browser became a form of experimentation for artists and Net Art was born.
Mass circulation and distribution of images online has led to images expanding out into a sort of currency itself.
What one may casually like on social media is then sold back to their friends by appearing on their newsfeeds.
At the same time, the viewer is reminded that the screen-centric world is merely a skin under which exists an expanse of language in the form of alphanumeric code.
In a photograph her image-objects hover as though they were Photoshopped into the pristine white cube.
However, the work reveals something more about these underlying technological systems that have produced them.
If the recipient gets bored they swipe left to end the conversation, so Hempton will only paint on the canvas as long as the conversation lasts echoing how attention has become a scarce resource.
The exhibitionist qualities of her paintings act as interrogations of the internet as a space of daily performance and provide a comment on self-representation online.
Olia Lialina was one of the pioneering artists to embrace the internet as an aesthetic medium.