Greba Orokorra, 2012
Oil and acrylic on canvas
300 × 200cm
Alejandro Ospina | Megalopolis
25 January – 3 March 2013
Megalopolis presented an exhibition of new painting by Colombian artist Alejandro Ospina.
In previous work Ospina has taken portraits from the web profiles of a tech-savy youth, literate in the manipulations and visual vocabulary of contemporary image-making. Having reframed these portraits via painting as an interaction between identity, technology and media, Ospina now pans back to present the world these avatars inhabit. The Megalopolis is an environment in which recognisable landmarks are smothered by the overdeveloped filters of Photoshop extremists, riot scenes fold in to bedroom interiors, architectural spaces collapse into landscapes from news reports and rearranged elements from other artists’ work; it is an environment forged by the vagaries of the users of social media and the products that define them.
Ospina’s work uses architectures of painting as a way of negotiating contemporary problems of image-making and artistic production in a networked world of complex relationships, inconsistent representations, and of technologies that have produced a flow of information at a magnitude and rate that is literally super-human. He says: “I try to work in ways that reflect continuous changes in attention at a rate and method that would have seemed absurd before the arrival of the Internet, simulating what happens in our minds when we jump from image to image accumulating and merging layers of visual information. I want the work to reflect how the Internet has mutated the way we look at sets of images or contemplate a stream of information.”
Megalopolis is ultimately a record of how the Internet has transformed our relationship to images, to space and to each other in bizarre and unprecedented ways.
Alejandro Ospina [Born 1970, Bogotá, Colombia] studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, the New York Studio School and Duke University in the United States. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad including the Bloomberg Space, London; Paradise Row, London; Witzenhausen Gallery, New York; Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, the Centro Cultural Salamanca and the Centro Colombo-Americano, Bogotá. Ospina has completed a residency at Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic, participated in an exchange program at the Parsons School of Design, Paris and undertaken a studio residency at the Departure Foundation, London.
Megalopolis was supported by the Embassy of Colombia.