Charlie Hammond, Iain Hetherington and Alex Pollard - Internet Curtains (4 stars)

*4Internet Curtains

Alex Pollard

A humorous, enigmatic response to the banality of life ‘post-internet’ as part of GENERATION 2014

Tramway’s latest contribution to GENERATION is Internet Curtains, a group show with work by Charlie Hammond, Iain Hetherington and Alex Pollard. Internet Curtains references both the controversial term ‘post-internet’ coined by Maria Olson to describe work made within the stale internet era within which we are fully submerged and ‘net curtains’, a nod to the twitching curtains and nosey neighbours of paranoid suburbia. The title lays the table for a satirical take on the complex issues attached to the ‘post-internet’ global art context.

Iain Hetherington presents two reworked paintings from the series’ ‘Fight Clouds’ and ‘Diversified Cultural Workers’. Branding from the Commonwealth Games appears on both works and by being forced into a new context and being rebranded, meaning is distorted in both, detaching the paintings from their original series and disrupting the marketing campaign. Charlie Hammond’s work consists of three wall pieces that mix aluminium foil, plates and paint to create playful yet ruminative work. The audience is left contemplating the relationship between the domestic materials and the work’s enigmatic title ‘Sideways Washer Upper with Interfering Crockery’. Alex Pollard dresses the gallery with similarly unconventional work, exhibiting a collection of shoes stacked atop flat packed boxes across the floor. The shoes’ designs present a banal visual currency that becomes material for Pollard’s playful contribution to this show’s cacophonous discussion surrounding the post-internet era.

Printed commercial logos and recontextualised material appears throughout the exhibition. The show successfully highlights, through mocking or otherwise, the conceptual layers surrounding post-internet art, without diminishing (or clarifying) its ambiguities. 

Tramway, Glasgow, until Sun 14 Sep.

Charlie Hammond, Iain Hetherington and Alex Pollard

The three Glasgow-based artists examine the role of painting in this post-Internet society of ours.

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