From hyper-real portraits of beautiful models, or celebrities in the media to packaging in the supermarket; it seems every image we see is airbrushed, digitally enhanced or exaggerated to be that little bit more perfect and desirable.
Virtual Viscera is a visual language about the look and feel of modern urban living, a movement of imagery and information between the real world and the virtual world of computers and cyberspace. Reminiscent of pixels, the fragmented structure of some paintings belies a process of breaking down, manipulating and re-building an image both on and off screen. In others an unbroken flow over the surface shows no evidence of this procedure, just as the digitally digested and re-cycled image bares no traces of the original, raising wider questions of originality and authenticity.
At home in the context of contemporary abstraction, Virtual Viscera is evolving from Op Art with a painterly edge whilst corrupting Modernismà¯¿½s flat surface. The works represent a compromise between freedom and control; a level of expression and catharsis is permitted in translating the digital re-mix onto the canvas and back into reality. Painterly traditions and digital technology combine to contrast the poetic, visceral notions of painting with the cold pragmatism of the virtual world.
Andy Owen has been represented by DegreeArt.com Ltd. Since his graduation from Byam Shawà¯¿½s Post Graduate Diploma course in 2006 when he sold his entire degree show collection. His many achievements to date include being HIGHLY COMMENDED in Nationwide Mercury Art Prize The Hospital Covent Garden London April 2006.