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Painting From Internet

The internet is made up of quickly forgotten things.

That may explain why the German-based Irish artist Enda O’Donoghue likes to immortalize them in paint. Exclusively by other people, and discovered on popular online social networks and blogs on an ongoing basis, the photographs upon which he bases his paintings tend to look like throwaways, the kind of thing we snap with our increasing numbers of cameras and camera-phones, and post online, rarely to be seen again.

O’Donoghue even digs into their provenance, tracing the pictures’ ownership and requesting permission to use them, which is a strategy not just for coping with a fluid understanding of copyright online but for reversing the web’s anonymous ways.

When he paints, he dissects the image into sections to add a layer of randomness and a reminder of the sources’ ones and zeros. It’s a re-pixelatation of reality.

[Read the full post on Motherboard.tv]

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