Jordan Wolfson’s intermedia practice negotiates the complex relationship between technology and the subconscious. Drawing from the image economy of Western (pop) culture, Wolfson interrogates human drives and trauma in the context of social power structures and their mediation. Rooted in the rhetoric of the virtual realm, his work invokes the abject. Implementing materials, techniques, and narratives that are fantasy-like yet trigger very real aversions, Wolfson invents his own characters and vivifies them via animation, virtual reality, robotic performance, and kinetic installation. His collages, which frequently arrange found images into symbolically charged shapes, interweave the supposedly cute with the uncanny. For TEXTE ZUR KUNST, Wolfson created a set of 18 individual images that could have escaped a contemporary version of Aby Warburg’s “Mnemosyne Atlas” – a project often associated with today’s networked information ecology owing to its maker’s “compulsion to connect.” However, while Wolfson also accrues formulaic gestures, poses, and motifs from disparate contexts, he seems less concerned with pictorial continuity than with the constitution of the subject on which imagery acts. At the center of “Untitled,” encircled by pseudo-religious objects, art historical tropes, and fragments of internet weirdness, a selection of popular cartoon characters adds up to a formation that might be read as a capital “I.” The repulsion of that which is perceived as abject is a necessary impulse in the constitutive process of individualization. As Wolfson’s work so often does, “Untitled” addresses the complications of the self and its alienation in an increasingly fragmented world.
Please note that this image shows the edition set as arranged by the artist. The work comes unframed and includes installation instructions.