Iconoclasm, or Адописная икона
By taking traditional Orthodox icons of saints and other Christian religious figures
and altering them using digital techniques, whilst subverting them with richly psychedelic
visual language the Artist creates a complex and esoteric symbology.
These images, which are evocative of an old and mostly displaced spiritual paradigm
in an increasingly post-theistic era now appear transformed.
Old clerics revived for the hierophany of a more contemporary and cybernetic form of
spiritual thinking or reclaimed as the monstrous deities of some acid fueled cult.
These images are composed in such a way as to suggest a profound spiritual revelation
and yet to deliver none in actuality. The Artist's satirical use of visual archetypes borrowed from world mysticisms, psychedelic culture and neo-spiritualism revels in the
proclamation of superficial profundity and the arbitrariness of mythologies, ideologies and their signs when faced with a more relativistic form of perception. Motifs from digital culture and Glitch Aesthetics root the work firmly in the post-digital paradigm whilst the Artist's use of mundane objects and references to lowbrow art adds an element of surreal
absurdism, aesthetically complimenting the empty yet vivacious semiotics of the work's visual lexicon.
These images are an exercise in the deceit of symbols. The creation of semiotic noise.
They take us on a journey through philosophical hubris, a playful quest towards the meaningful through a kaleidoscopic world of nonsensical metaphor, repeating patterns and Droste Corridors.
Yet they lead us ultimately, to exactly where we began.
A circle of reasoning. The Ouroboros. A Strange Loop.
A glimpse at the essence of "trippiness".
or Адописная икона (Adopisnaya ikona), 2013/2014
digital collage series (found images, GIMP)
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© Adam Beaumont 2015