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AI Dreamgirls and Digital Shrimp Cocktails Color This Post-Internet Group Show

The 'Olimpia's Eyes' exhibit explores the point just between where the physical, human element begins and the technological, virtual world ends.

by Diana Shi
02 July 2016, 11:30am

Anthony Iacono. All images courtesy Zevitas Marcus Gallery 

The fight to separate arts and technology is a futile, restless effort these days, so much so that it makes more sense to stop complaining and simply embrace it—which is exactly the conceit behind the exhibit Olimpia’s Eyes. Currently showing at Zevitas Marcus Gallery in Los Angeles, the show focuses in on our post-internet era, where reality isn't calling for discernment from its technological counterpart, but technology instead needs unpacking into its tangible, human components.

The moniker derives from book, The Sandman, by Prussian Romantic author, E.T.A. Hoffman. The book follows the rise and fall of a character's love affair with a female automaton, only to have the romance sour after seeing her eyes removed from her body.

Display Doddle, 2015, David B. Smith

Similar to the sensation of an uncanny valley, the exhibition examines a hyperrealistic yet disorientating state where technology acts so convincingly human, reality itself gets lost. As the gallery press release describes, the show exists somewhere where "human interaction is inseparable from technological interfaces."

"In this realm," Zevitas Marcus Gallery explains, "identity is malleable, and we are often unsure of who—or what—is beneath the avatars with whom we connect and interact with.” See more of the works in Olimpia's Eyes below: 

Mother Internet (Venus), 2016, Ben Wolf Noam

Sun Drinker, 2016, Conor Backman

All the Ways (Couch Gag), 2016, Jason Salavon

Catoptromancy, 2015, Lee Piechocki

Just Things, 2016, Josh Reames

Cleopatra III, 2016, Tracy Molis

Never Give Up, 2016, Michael Dotson

Portrait of Hanna, 2007–16, Conor Backman

Portrait of White (after Watteau), 2015, Jenna Gribbon

Olimpia’s Eyes showcases 17 artists and is open for viewing June 25–August 27, 2016 at Zevitas Marcus Gallery. Check out more information and gallery views of the show, here.

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