In August of 2011, I exhibited this work at The Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In that show, titled “Imagined Communities,” a virtual location was created using Facebook Places, Foursquare and Gowalla GPS location-based Check-In services. Visitors to the gallery could shoot their own photos of the props and upload them to the site when they checked-in or send them via mobile device, email or sms, to others unaware of the location of the gallery goer.
This body of work explores creative divergent methodologies of play using simple packing material, usually made from recycled paper, and a mobile phone camera. The ephemeral and seemingly dreamlike quality of the photographs evoke a sense of spirituality, wonder, and mythic location. At once, the viewer might be swept away and amazed by the images that come from such an everyday object.
In August of 2011, #sculpturefail was exhibited at the Toledo Museum of Art exhibition: Toledo Area Artists. I was proud to represent my community in this exhibition and congratulate the prize winners!
Thinking about the recent internet meme “fail whale” or “epic fail” often used on such sites as Twitter or Facebook, #artfail is an series of works that attempt to ask questions about the integrity of art, language, and communication. Each work becomes a statement about the paradoxical failure of art, a question about the value of time and efficiency, and a re-discovery – for the artist – of the objective truth about art materials.
#sculpturefail Blog permalink here: http://blog.anthonyfontana.com/2009/10/12/sculpturefail/
#sketchbookfail Blog permalink here: http://blog.anthonyfontana.com/2009/09/10/artfail/