Luis Urzua the 54 year old shift foreman and the last trapped man out of the gold and copper mine in northern Chile nearly 600 metres below ground for more than two months has been heralded as the savior of the trapped 33 miners.  Upon reaching the surface he was embraced by the Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. Urzua who first established contact with the rescuers 17 days after the mine collapsed provided the leadership to his trapped colleagues dividing the remaining food and helping rescuers plan the escape route. “I’m proud of being Chilean,” he pronounced on his emergence from the rescue capsule after insisted on being the last of the trapped men to be freed.

Political Arts | Ian Bunn Visual Artist

My digital art work is essentially politics and art. It’s about iconic people, places and events of our day.  Recorded visually through daily compilations of manipulated digital images, posted online and disseminated via online media and social networks. The works are diaristic in nature that metaphorically record a spectator’s experience of the contemporary digital age.  The resulting work intentionally has a painterly aesthetic acknowledging my historical painting practice.

Adapting Pop Art’s notion of mass media imagery into a context of the contemporary digital age, the work draws on a myriad points of reference. Utilizing fractured images to provide an allusion to the digital noise pounding away daily into our sub consciousness.  The work is essentially popular culture arts, diverging from the traditional Pop Art notion of a pronounced repetition of a consumer icon, instead this work focuses on the deluge of contemporary digital content. The compilation of the fragmented imagery is vividly distractive, not unlike cable surfing or a jaunt through Times Square.

This digital photo manipulation art work is premised on the basis that Pop art in its beginnings, freeze-framed what consumers of popular culture experienced into iconic visual abstractions. With the advent of the techno age, visual information circulates in such quantities, so rapidly and exponentially, that to comprehend a fraction of it all becomes a kind of production process in itself.  Hence this work considers fragmented elements of Popular Culture through an artistic and conceptual exploration of specific people and events of the day.