Parker Ito - Under the Influence London Monday, April 7, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    New York, Stadium, Parker Ito: The Agony and the Ecstasy, 2012

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I feel like it’s limiting when I’m having a conversation with people who are not informed about the internet.” (Parker Ito, interviewed by Kathleen Flood, Chillin in Cyberspace, the Creators Project. Online.) Parker Ito’s the Agony and the Ecstasy is an exploration of our experience of art through mobile devices and the internet. A self-described professional web-surfer, Ito’s practice is completely immersed with internet culture. From digital projects on his website, Tumblr or Twitter, even Ito’s canvases are inherently based in technology. Painting on reflective 3M tape, the canvas transforms entirely when it is photographed with the flash of a camera. In this sense, the work has a dual reality, one of which only exists in digital sphere. Ito’s aim with these works was to “create artworks that were un-documentable” which ultimately, “…shifted into trying to make art objects where the content of the work was the documentation and that had multiple, unique viewing experiences…I am passionate about the Internet and making work about the effects that Internet has had on traditional art objects is the most honest thing I can do, even if sometimes I do that under another name. These paintings and sculptures are made flat, un-stretched. Water and paint is sprayed through a screen on to the reflective material, which leads to very randomized results. This reduces the whole process into something very systematic, but also random, and I see this as being similar to how I (we) experience the web through our browsers.” (Parker Ito, interviewed by Courtney Malick, Interview with Parker Ito, 2012, Dis Magazine, Online)


The Agony and the Ecstasy

vinyl over enamel on 3M Scotchlite
162.6 x 116.8 cm (64 x 46 in.)

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £27,500

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Under the Influence

London Auction 8 April 2014 2pm