Cut Copy Culture exhibits at Spiro Grace Art Room, Spring Hill

Cut Copy Culture exhibits at Spiro Grace Art Room, Spring Hill

Using the techniques that make up the stock of digital manipulation – cut, copy and paste – Brisbane-based artist Karl Shoobridge suggests that the finished form is second to the processes and techniques employed in creating his exhibition Cut Copy Culture.

With the advent of mass digital reproduction and the slow demise of traditional process and techniques, Karl Shoobridge explores the success of artworks that have been produced en mass in artist factories, testing these images for substantive autonomy in a new context.

Fresh out of university, Shoobridge’s first solo painting exhibition at Spiro Grace Art Rooms investigates the search for cultural significance and new value systems in the age of digital reproduction.

As art becomes digitally reproduced, Schoobridge has sought to expel any meaning in the original work. Initially, Shoobridge methodically hand painted images that would have ordinarily been delegated to factory assistants. Next, the core of these digitally reproduced works are dragged and cropped over linear time and hierarchies, losing the original work in translation.

This free exhibition runs May 18 to June 2 at Spiro Grace Art Rooms in Spring Hill.

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