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Eerie Paintings That Highlight How Weird Technology Really Is

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Eerie Paintings That Highlight How Weird Technology Really Is

John Jackson's Technology Series is a frustrated cry into the noisy void of social media.

Growing up as an artist in 80s New York City, Jackson has experienced the full evolution of social media and personal technology. Technology was something he avoided. But when he was finally forced to catch up with the rest of the world, the new gadgets he encountered were surprisingly slow and hard to use.

"When I finally gave in, I was frustrated at spending so much of my time dealing with passwords, user names, downloading, uploading, updates, GBs, RAM, memory, hard drives, external hard drives, buffering, blah blah blah, etc.," Jackson says.

"I was searching for a direction with my work, so I channeled and expressed my frustrations with technology into my art by merging the two."

Technology Series emerged as a way to deal with the absurdities of social media. Smartphones, laptops, and video games become central focal points in Jackson's work. Screens appear as monoliths of power, absorbing all attention from his subjects. The effect is eerie yet familiar.

This is our frustrating existence. Technology Series is just one way of expressing the claustrophobia of constant digital monitoring. No wonder Jackson found social media overwhelming and strange!

"I've given myself permission to make my most primal, instinctual marks, filtered through decades of artistic and life experience," Jackson says. "I think this year I'll create the best work I ever have. My goal is for it to be original, authentic, interesting and beautiful."

Find more of Jackson's work here.

Via Creators

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