The Pigeon Wing Presents
New Age Problems
The first UK solo show of New York based artist, Bennett Williamson.
New Age Problems looks at our contemporary daily practice of media consumption. With this show, Williamson attempts to document his experience navigating our world of images, employing the same internet-based participation techniques used by the general public - searching, appropriating, organising, and editing. New Age Problems explores instant self-publishing as a means of customising or personalising experience, with a particular interest in how some of our most intimate views of other users come from their lack of technological understanding.
The exhibition takes its name from the imagined suburban middle class landscape of Skymall Magazine, a catalogue whose products purport to solve a host of problems of excess. SkyMall Magazine Index, Holiday 2010 is a compendium that reorganises the constructed language of contemporary consumerism, and a time capsule of modern problems that will become obsolete.
My Still Life #1 and Band Practice on Salvia explore over-sharing on the web, and feature the artist navigating and adding to the web’s cache of banal personal snapshots, and Google 3D Warehouse’s collection of SpongeBob SquarePants fan art. The titles of these prints also reference search term techniques, such as using “my” to filter out stock photos in image searches, and the practice of filming oneself while attempting to do something “on salvia.”
The video Ranchloop and the recording Salute de-contextualise audio-visual branding cues and create absurdist mixed-messages through the use of common tropes in food photography and DJ culture.
With this show, Williamson utilises the media in an effort to both critique and perpetuate our New Age Problems.