Jon Rafman. ‘You Are Standing in an Open Field’, 2015
Inkjet prints mounted on dibond, resin, polystyrene
‘…his recent work explores these same themes and environments in large-format prints, depicting den desks and keyboards littered with detritus: empty energy drink- and coffee-containers, half-eaten foods gone to rot, over-the-counter pill bottles, and so on. These prints act as a kind of portal between the real world and the virtual one.
Juxtaposed with the keyboards in the foreground are stock images of waterfalls and sunsets, like those found on old desktop screensavers, or generic Homer-esque paintings of boats battling sea at storm. All six prints are covered in clear resin, which, applied unevenly and to different degrees, as if spilled or sprayed, imbues in the work a tangibility. Not to mention a cheeky joke, the resin invoking the various sticky substances—soda pop or semen—one might find around computer dens. Rafman is interested in the people who live more in virtual reality of the internet than they do in real life & where they sit behind a computer screen.’
“Brand New Paint Job (BNPJ)” is an ongoing project that explores the topography of the virtual realm. Rafman reimagines interior spaces, furniture, and objects completely overlaid with the seminal work of modern artists.