Parker Ito - The Agony and the Ecstasy (2012)

Artist’s statement:

Today we live in a hybrid reality where the space between the physical and the virtual is fluid. Gone is the radical internet of the 90’s where logging off was an option. Though integrated into our daily lives, the web of today is fluid but not seamless. As the internet becomes more ubiquitous we find ourselves in purgatory between reality mediated through the screen and reality manifested in three dimensions.

Here we recognize the agony and the ecstasy of life between web 2.1 and 2.9– the anticipatory potential of life untethered from our physical selves coupled with a tormenting sense of incomplete intimacy. Through this clouded connectedness we now view and experience art. Be it online or in person, the experience of the same work of art unaffected in the gallery and viewed in the virtual realm cannot ever be the same.”

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