PORN TO PIZZA — Domestic Clichés at DAM Gallery

Exhibition view „PORN TO PIZZA– Domestic Clichés“, 2015, works by: Carla Gannis, Lindsay Lawson, Paul Hertz, Faith Holland / DAM Gallery, Berlin / Photo © Marcus Schneider
Exhibition view „PORN TO PIZZA– Domestic Clichés“, 2015, works by: Carla Gannis, Lindsay Lawson, Paul Hertz, Faith Holland / DAM Gallery, Berlin / Photo © Marcus Schneider
Petra Cortright, Puparazzi, Video animation (still), 2009 / courtesy the artist and Foxy Production, New York
Petra Cortright, Puparazzi, Video animation (still), 2009 / courtesy the artist and Foxy Production, New York

Many things sustain our personal comfort zones—eating delicious food, cuddling with cats, decorating homes, having sex, watching porn on TV and the Internet.

Porn, Pets, Plants and Pizza, the 4P of domestic clichés, broadly found their way from real life into the virtual space of the Internet. The Word Wide Web became part of our daily surrounds. We are permanently linked to the world outside our living room. Information comes in and we post personal things and experiences. Domesticity extended from IRL to URL. But the Internet is not a mirror of real life, it is a hyperrealistic version. Like filling a photo album, we single out images, posting only the funniest cat video, the most arousing sex tape, the yummiest food or the coolest selfie.

In addition, photographs and digital images merge on our screens. Fictional and real world objects stand right next to each other. And some virtual simulations imitate reality to the extent that they can no longer be distinguished from photos. But how then do we know the truth? Imagery in the age of the Internet requires a change of thinking. Everything we see is real, because we see it, no matter how it is fabricated or which “parallel world” it belongs to. In terms of domesticity, this is especially hard to admit, because human behavior is deeply rooted in the sensual and tactile and not only in the visual: like eating, cuddling or having sex.

Exhibition view „PORN TO PIZZA– Domestic Clichés“, 2015, works by: / DAM Gallery, Berlin / Photo © Marcus Schneider
Exhibition view „PORN TO PIZZA– Domestic Clichés“, 2015, works by: Lindsay Lawson, Cornelia Sollfrank, Jonny Star / DAM Gallery, Berlin / Photo © Marcus Schneider
Eva Papamargariti, Towards A New Shiny Internet Domesticity # 3, 2014, Print, 65x38 cm / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery
Eva Papamargariti, Towards A New Shiny Internet Domesticity # 3, 2014, Print, 65×38 cm / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery

Artists working with the Internet or digital means haven taken up the hyperrealistic images and the problematic of the real to reflect on the Internet’s and the Digital’s impact on today’s domestic spheres and personal comfort zones. Some artists exaggerate this imagery or play with the amateur aesthetics of found footage or YouTube videos to satirically emphasize the difference between the banal imagery and high art context. Others develop contrasting domestic versions and mix IRL and URL. The digital creation of objects and their surfaces plays an important role as well as producing real life sculptures with new materials in the context of the Internet and its virtual characteristics.

These artworks often reference Pop Art with its inclusion of imagery from daily life or mass culture in art, the use of banal, comic, or even kitschy elements, exaggeration and irony, the appropriation of found materials, collage, mechanical (re)production, or experimenting with new techniques of materials from other contexts.

The exhibition PORN TO PIZZA — Domestic Clichés presents varied ways of artistic production in the age of the Internet, dealing with its features and its impact on every day culture. Here, domesticity is a very pervasive topic, because it reveals how private daily life has changed with the Internet and how the conflict of the “real vs. virtual” invades our personal comfort zones.

Works by:

Anthony Antonellis (US), Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach (DE), Domenico Barra (IT), Petra Cortright (US), Kate Durbin (US), Carla Gannis (US), Laurence Gartel (US), Emilie Gervais (FR), Claudia Hart (US), Paul Hertz (US), Faith Holland (US), Lindsay Lawson (US/DE), Jessica Lichtenstein (US), Patrick Lichty (US), Mark Napier (US), Eva Papamargariti (GR/UK), Angelo Plessas (GR), Hayley Aviva Silverman (US), Cornelia Sollfrank (DE), Jonny Star (DE)\

 

PORN TO PIZZA — Domestic Clichés

Exhibition curated by Tina Sauerlaender, peer to space

At DAM Gallery, Berlin

EXHIBITION September 5 to October 24, 2015

Kate Durbin, Hello Selfie!, Documentation of a performance, 2015 / courtesy the artist / photo © Jessie Askinazi / DAM Gallery
Kate Durbin, Hello Selfie!, Documentation of a performance, 2015 / courtesy the artist / photo © Jessie Askinazi / DAM Gallery
Exhibition view „PORN TO PIZZA– Domestic Clichés“, 2015, works by: Patrick Lichty, Emilie Gervais, Hayley Silverman, Eva Papamargariti, Domenico Barra, Laurence Gartel and Jessica Lichtenstein / DAM Gallery, Berlin / Photo © Marcus Schneider
Exhibition view „PORN TO PIZZA– Domestic Clichés“, 2015, works by: Patrick Lichty, Emilie Gervais, Hayley Silverman, Eva Papamargariti, Domenico Barra, Laurence Gartel and Jessica Lichtenstein / DAM Gallery, Berlin / Photo © Marcus Schneider
Faith Holland, Analog Internet IRL, 2015, Sculptural Installation (documentation gif)
Faith Holland, Analog Internet IRL, 2015, Sculptural Installation (documentation gif)
Carla Gannis, Selfie Drawings: 20 “Leia”, 24 “AKIN”, 21 “Red Samsonite”, 31 “peer-to-peer” , 2015, archival digital pigment prints, ink & colored pencil, 30,5 cm x 30,5 cm / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery
Carla Gannis, Selfie Drawings: 20 “Leia”, 24 “AKIN”, 21 “Red Samsonite”, 31 “peer-to-peer” , 2015, archival digital pigment prints, ink & colored pencil, 30,5 cm x 30,5 cm / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery

“The Selfie Drawings” project addresses issues of branded identity, age and body estimation, surveillance culture, and online agency via selfie photography digitally collaged and redrawn. I’m emphasizing identity performance in relation to our constant uploads of “self” via social media platforms.“

Carla Gannis

Installation view P2P 2 Photo c Marcus Schneider
Exhibition view „PORN TO PIZZA– Domestic Clichés“, 2015, works by: Anthony Antonellis, Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach, Mark Napier, Kate Durbin and Petra Cortright / DAM Gallery, Berlin / Photo © Marcus Schneider
Domenico Barra, PiratePornoMaterial 2nd 71, .gif, 2014 / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery
Domenico Barra, PiratePornoMaterial 2nd 71, .gif, 2014 / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery

“I am interested in subcultures and tabood human acts, their consumption in privacy and distribution in society. Porn is not a mere representation of sexual fantasies. Porn is the ultimate argument to address history, politics, art, or economy. I use copies of copyright protected contents to discuss industries and lobbies, production, distribution and appropriation, roles of sexes, money, porn as a proper expression of capitalistic society.”

Domenico Barra

Jessica Lichtenstein, Lady Leisure, detail, 2011, Mixed media, 12 pvc dolls with accessories, acrylic case, 122 x 94 x 17,8 cm / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery
Jessica Lichtenstein, Lady Leisure, detail, 2011, Mixed media, 12 pvc dolls with accessories, acrylic case, 122 x 94 x 17,8 cm / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery

“Surrounded by social media and selfies, my art is a way for me to examine my own thoughts when it comes to the “gaze”, male or female, and the intersection of the “need to be looked at” vs. what others may call “objectification.” That subtle line between exploiting one’s sexuality without actually being exploited by it.”

Jessica Lichtenstein

Angelo Plessas, BonjourTristesse.com, 2014, interactive website (still) / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery
Angelo Plessas, BonjourTristesse.com, 2014, interactive website (still) / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery

 

Jamie Martinez

Jamie Martinez

Jamie Martinez is the founder and publisher of ARTE FUSE contemporary art platform. Jamie is an artist that uses triangulation which is the formation of or division into triangles. His process involves constructing, deconstructing and fragmenting images, data, and information geometrically into triangulated segments whether it’s in painting, sculpture, video, AR/VR or conceptual work. He studied at the International Fine Arts College, Fashion Institute of Technology and the Art Students League. Follow him @TRIANGULISM (instagram and twitter)

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