This time Cory Arcangel's ironic gaze rests on the logo of a leisure clothing brand. For the personal exhibition at the Lisson Gallery in Shanghai, the artist of American origins but based in Stavanger, Norway, has decided to bring the abstract works of the Flatware series. Produced from laser-cut aluminum with reference to Adidas' iconic three-stripe imagery, the anodized and powder-coated works further expand the artist's archive and explore the cultural permeability induced by global consumption.
Arcangel is not new to this kind of invention. The artist has explored the potential and failings of old and new digital technologies, highlighting their obsolescence, humour, aesthetic attributes and, at times, unnerving influence in contemporary life. Applying a semi-archaeological methodology, his practice explores, codifies and hacks the structural language of videogames, software, social media. Notable works include Totally Fucked (2003), a hacked Mario Bros game cartridge in which Mario is stuck on a cube forever, and Permanent Vacation (2008) in which two computers are stuck in an offsite email loop.