Lot 125 - Joshua Raz - Midnight Stroll
Graphite on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
My paintings acknowledge that reality is experiencing a period of atrophy. In neglecting to question artificial narrative, artificial intelligence and one’s own increasingly artificial existence, the significance of reality is withering. One lives vicariously through flat interfaces, and thus they are treated as the primary sources of empirical truth. The paintings unpick the dependability of the two-dimensional image with spliced landscapes and warped perspectives: I acknowledge the authority with which we endow images, and subvert it through paint.
My latest work hypothesises the symptoms of prioritizing individualism over community. One’s individual identity has become the salient measure of one’s self-worth. Perhaps this modern anthropological shift can be held accountable for most of society’s ills: platforms that offer the illusion of community whilst only truly catering for the individual; the diminishing cultural presence of love; the antiquation of community; the commandments of the collectives that remain becoming fierce and polarising.
These ailments exist concurrently with a zeitgeist of feeling increasingly secondary, or even insignificant, within a swelling population. When one’s ostensibly unique desires can be quantified, categorised and manipulated by the systems that govern our lives, it becomes increasingly difficult not to feel like an outline in someone else’s periphery.