Ai Weiwei aged 53 the renown Chinese artist has encountered health and safety concerns with his work “Sunflower Seeds,” currently exhibited at the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. The Tate in consultation with Ai Weiwei have decided to close visitor’s physical interaction with the work due to dust that was stirred. The piece comprises approximately 100 million hand-painted black and white porcelain sunflower seeds spread throughout the Turbine Hall some 100mm deep.  The shells crackle when walked on, having been designed for tactility and the interaction from visitors. Visitors view a gray expanse from the bridge that spans the Turbine Hall one floor up, experienced now only from behind ropes.

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.