Do you have any plans tonight? If not, Vinyl on Vinyl has an exhibit opening and a pop art-style portrait of Kim Kardashian is also included as a commentary for the value of art and influencer presence. Hmmm, interesting.
Ronald Caringal’s Hype How Are You? I’m Fined, Thank You is a series that reflects on “how it is to be an artist in this current age and climate of the Internet and the art market.” He explained on Instagram how art and aesthetics nowadays can easily be buried on social media, especially with the amount of content that is being posted and how algorithms favor the most-liked.
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Opening tomorrow March 13 Hype How Are You, I'm Fined Thank You at Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery @vinylonvinyl – (Artist Notes) The series stem from reflections on how it is to be an artist in this current age and climate of the internet and the art market. Aesthetics nowadays have become more disposable with the vast amounts of stuff and fluff on social media and the internet in general. Nothing is sacred, nothing is truly seen. Everything can be swiped and buried under a never ending supply of content, photos, links, likes, posts, comments, emojis and everything else that pile on top of another to provide people with an endless stream of newer, bigger, better. Why take time to absorb when there is an overwhelming amount to be sampled? When artists are expected to be mini celebrities and so called influencers, when will the work get its turn to influence? Is the artist more important than the work itself? What makes you buy an artwork? What makes you say it’s good? What value do you give to it? Should we even talk about the work or we can just discuss how well it does in the market? …..When the attention span is as short as it already is, we have to keep finding ways to start new dialogues and conversations. The works in the series are familiar. Very familiar. But they have to be retold or reposted (to use newer terms) because the message may be drowned in the endless stream of newer, bigger and not necessarily better. They have to find a new life of their own in this current age and climate of the internet. – Image: An Instinct For Intrinsic Value Oil on canvas, 48x48in (4panels) 2019 . . . #art #ronaldcaringal #vinylonvinyl #exhibition #soloexhibition #artph #contemporaryart
He also poses the questions, “When artists are expected to be mini celebrities and so called influencers, when will the work get its turn to influence? Is the artist more important than the work itself? What makes you buy an artwork? What makes you say it’s good? What value do you give to it? Should we even talk about the work or we can just discuss how well it does in the market?”
So, why is Kim Kardashian among the subjects of this exhibit? Probably because her name has more value and gives her more pull when it comes to her business and entertainment ventures. But that’s just our interpretation.
This exhibit, plus three others, will open at Vinyl on Vinyl in Makati tonight, March 13. Go see the artworks—maybe buy some, too—before they’re gone!
Photo courtesy of Vinyl on Vinyl’s Instagram account
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