JON RAFMAN at Carl Kostyál Stockholm [SE]
Carl Kostyál- Stockholm
07/04/2016 — 30/06/2016
“Here we have a man whose job it is to gather the day’s refuse in the capital. Everything that the big city has thrown away, everything it has lost, everything it has scorned, everything it has crushed underfoot he catalogues and collects. He collates the annals of intemperance, the capharnaum of waste. He sorts things out and selects judiciously: he collects like a miser guarding a treasure. Refuse which will assume the shape of useful or gratifying objects between the jaws of the goddess of industry’.
In this exhibition Jon Rafman presents a selection of video work in a series of immersive installations. In his recently completed Betamale Trilogy, Rafman mines video games, virtual landscapes, and the deep corners of the web for images, text and footage which he collages together to produce poetic narratives that critically engage with the aesthetics and subcultures of online communities.Still Life (Betamale) (2013) plunges us into the depths of obsessions and transgressions, as the film assembles an unsettling parade of still images, photos, and videos that form a kind of collective crie-de-cœur of online subcultures. Mainsqueeze (2014) continues this exploration, discovering in their arcane obsessions a means of capturing contemporary experience. As ironic detachment alternates with earnest confession, narratives of redemption are evoked but nipped in the bud. In Erysicthon (2015), Rafman extends his examination the depth of human desires through the visual metaphors of data flow.
Images courtesy of the Gallery and Artist