Instagram rots the soul –artist mocks the impermanence of screen selfies
Richard Adams — not that one — an artist who is not a digital native has mocked the obsession with getting digital perfection and mock emotional support ‘Likes’ from Facebook-owned Instagram.
Richard has created a series of antithesis Selfies which chart his health crisis and slow recovery in 2018.
Yorkshire-born Adams almost died in 2018 — and developed techniques to explore his fear, his darkness and his slow recovery in a series of amazingly haunting A-Selfies to show how imperfect and awful life actually is. The Series of A-Selfies mirror some of the great art works which came from the pre-digital techniques of artists who had deep, mental health problems – like van Gogh and Munch.
In the commercial period now when some brands, like niche cosmetics company Lush, are withdrawing from social media to concentrate time & money on other ways to promote and develop their relationships – The Adams Show mocks the obsession with Likes and Engagement.
“Digital techniques to mock digital obsession with photo-images and their manipulation have given me a real drive to show how pathetic social media have become. We are all here today and gone tomorrow – and so are social media.”
Haunted Selfies will be at The Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse Barn, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames. KT12 2PF between Thursday 9th May and Sunday 19th May, 2019, 10am – 4pm daily.
supported by the RC Sherriff Trust