Kim Taeyong the 61 year old former General and South Korean ROK defense minister has had his resignation accepted by the ROK President Lee Myung-bak in the wake of the North Korean artillery attack on the Island of Yeonpyeong that killed two marines and two civilians. The ROK government faced internal criticism they did not respond severely enough to the attack in not launching an air strike on the artillery positions, only responding with an 80 return artillery barrage.  Taeyong who also received criticism for the earlier torpedo sinking of a naval ship the Cheonan that lost the lives of 46 service sailors, believed an air strike potentially ran the risk of an escalation of the conflict into a war.

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.