Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko the 56 year old former farmer who became the autocratic ruler of Belarus won his ‘re-election’ for a fourth term as the President of the ex-soviet country Belarus, and is often referred to as Europe’s last dictator. Belarus is viewed as a state whose conduct is out of line with international law, and whose regime over its 16 years in power, is considered to have grossly violated human rights.  Lukashenko intends to stay in power indefinitely and sees no reason to change his course, stating the opposition should expect to get hurt when they attack. Lukashenko and other officials are currently the subjects of sanctions imposed by the European Union for human rights violations.

Inspired by Miriam Elder and Luke Harding at Guardian

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.