“AVATAR” of Ourselves by Karl Addison and Jarus in Atlanta

How much of you is here with me right now? Are you giving me 100% of you? 80%? 15? When we are texting and “liking” and “sharing” and posting we prefer to think that we are interacting with the world and our selected circles of friends through active and passive participation.

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Karl Addison . Jarus. “Avatar” Work in progress. Art On The Beltline Project.Atlanta. 2015 (photo © Karl Addison)

A new mural for Atlanta’s Art On The Beltline Project highlights the nature of the current vogue for digitally experiencing the world and a term loosely defined as “community”.

Artists Karl Addison and Jarus first collaborated on a wall together during Wall\Therapy in Rochester, New York in 2014 and then later on a project called “Glasshouse” in Berlin. For this one, “Avatar” they say their narrative is about our digital personality and identity. To depict the actual and virtual, they alter her physical features the further they are from the screen.

“The composition is a woman lying down using her phone,” says Addison as he describes her face bathed in the glow of the screen. “As the painting drifts back she becomes pixelated with color blocks and more abstract within the negative space.”  Enjoy this real painting from the perspective of your digital device.

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Karl Addison . Jarus. “Avatar” Work in progress. Art On The Beltline Project. Atlanta. 2015 (photo © Karl Addison)

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Karl Addison . Jarus. “Avatar”.  Art On The Beltline Project. Atlanta. 2015 (photo © Karl Addison)

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Karl Addison . Jarus. “Avatar”.  Detail. Art On The Beltline Project. Atlanta. 2015 (photo © Karl Addison)

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Karl Addison . Jarus. “Avatar”. Detail.  Art On The Beltline Project. Atlanta. 2015 (photo © Karl Addison)

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Karl Addison . Jarus. “Avatar”. CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE.  Art On The Beltline Project. Atlanta. 2015 (photo © Karl Addison)

 

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