SCULPTMOJIS – BEN FEARNLEY

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SCULPTMOJIS – BEN FEARNLEY

Did you ever think about the best way to show up a face of the time we live in?

We are in ages where digital culture is consumed by the phenomenon of “selfie culture” and emoticons. It presents the fact about shaping our lives through technology, internet, and media, what is additionally shaping our way of observing the world, communication and ourselves.  The current state of our digital communication is forming our psychology and a state of one cultural period. Interaction via social media is the most common way of communication between humans. It is representing also the fastest way of expressions. Mostly throughout short sentences, photos (selfies) and- emoticons.

 

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The fast way of living nowadays, in which we are pushed by the industrial progress which is still growing, has brought as a price- an alliance. Separations of dear people, family and friends are waking in ourselves need to feel alive, and social, at least- virtually. Even more, it makes exigency for sharing. Feelings, happenings, thoughts… And, most of the time, our words are supported by tiny pictograms, in need to exaggerate or simply put an accent on explanations and statements, just as we would do in real life by gestures and facial expressions. Of course, like everything, it has own bad side. Alliance becomes a draw well which is growing in its deeps. As differences between reality and the virtual world are huge, the same discrepancy is copied at our communication. By getting used on virtual culture, we are forgetting the one in the real world, sometimes losing senses and getting scared of real lives interactions. But still in good shape to use well-known word of emoticons.

 

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As times have own stamps in history, this, our time is just developing own. Technical progress and coziness of the world that is under our absolute control, brought a wide range of endless creativity in digital art. Nowadays, almost everything what saw a daylight was seeing for a while before its’ birth- a light pf pixels. In 3D modeling and pixel-transferred thoughts and imaginations is where the world is developing now. Well… If Phidias would have a computer, how could you claim that the statue of Zeus wouldn’t be made firstly in some program? Also, if we wouldn’t have computers, we would still use long talks with models while making some art. Is this actually how our metaphorically historical selfie is looking like?

 

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Ben Fearnley is giving an answer on this question by his colorful collection of 3D illustration and CGI imaginary called SCULPTMOJI. The creative and fun story that shows the exact picture of the current society. In an abundance of information and possibilities of virtual fun, we are forgetting historical culture and real-life values. And not rarely, we are ruing them. Surprising and fascinating way to show this, artist Ben Fearnley used through beautiful combinations of tradition and modern era. He showed up his creative skills in the step of our time, by using digital way of expression. 

 

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On the top of 3D modulated bodies of famous antic sculptures, he put a head in the shape of an emoticon in a certain expression of a feeling. A whole figure is placed in a certain situation that is expressing a way of contemporary communication, and even more, a state of interactions and social relations. And the whole situation is settled in an environment that is following a very modern lifestyle in all its’ shapes, colors, and diversity of used materials, as well as preferable art and design style.

 

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These 3D narrations are dimming the line between “then” and “now”, modernity and tradition, by shaking our perception and a feeling of a time in this well-combined exchange between present and past. In its’ frisky, cheering concept, a traditional sculpture kept own beauty, while emoticons stayed loyal to own duty – bringing a smile at our faces. In whole comical feeling those sculptures are leaving at us, our conscious stayed wondered somewhere deep under the surface in fast flight over society analysis: Where our ship sails?

 

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Words by: Maria Bramasole

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