Stephen Glenn “Steve” Martin the 65 year old actor and comedian renowned for his offbeat absurdist comedy routines has attempted to turn jury duty into a performance art. Tweeting from his Twitter name @SteveMartinToGo, Martin has amused his large following of 380k+ with his observations of the legal processes. Gags included ‘guy I thought was up for murder turns out to be defense attorney. I bet he murdered someone anyway’ and ‘Other jurors are stupid. First, they don’t believe in hexes, plus, they want me to put my magazines away’. It was later revealed that Martin was tweeting from a jury pool and was not actually from a trial jury. However judges regularly granted new trials or overturned verdicts in criminal and civil cases due to jurors’ online activities.

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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.