@JADEFAD: A SOCIAL MEDIA FEED IN PAINT

INSTALLATION IMAGES     CATALOGUE


This exhibition comprised of 34 paintings spirals around the gallery in one continuous narrative. These works explore the desire to create a persona online,  and the propulsion to constantly improve oneself as fads change. The paintings are the Instagram posts of Boardman’s invented character (and alter ego) Jade. The exhibition exists both physically in the gallery space, and online as a social media feed in the form of animated paintings. Jade's Instagram account @jadefad lives on as an archive of the exhibition after the gallery show closes. The exhibition catalogue contains an essay by Brigitte Mulholland, Director of Anton Kern Gallery in New York and an introduction by Amber Boardman.

 

PART ONE: Jade repeatedly tries to control and transform her body and environment. After drinking turpentine cocktails with friends at an open bar she disintegrates and realizes she is a character made of paint. She uses this self-knowledge to transform herself further.

PART TWO: Jade creates a character of her own Blob (a blob of paint), and posts the story of his life from birth to death in order to achieve 'Instagram Influencer' status,

PART THREE: Jade leverages her social media popularity in order to sell products; her line of 'hand painted sweaters'. The exhibition ends in "The Singularity Sweater", a reference to the moment artificial intelligence becomes self-aware.

 

 

PART ONE     PART TWO     PART THREE

Check out this new character I made. Introducing: the infant blob of paint

2016

oil on canvas

8 x 8in / 20 x 20cm 

#TickleMonster. Me terrorizing Blob

2015

oil on canvas

28 x 36in / 71 x 92cm 

A familial triangulation field day event with me, Blob and my sometimes boyfriend

2018

acrylic and oil on canvas

22 x 36in / 56 x 91cm 

That time I caught Blob wearing my beanbag dress

2018

oil on canvas

36 x 48in / 91 x 122cm 

#PunishedPainting. Blob's view of a timeout

2018

oil on canvas

9 x 12in / 23 x 30cm 

#TeenTone. Blob and his friend looking angsty

2018

oil on canvas

14 x 48in / 35 x 45cm 

#ClassConstruction. Blob on the job site

2018

oil on polyester

72 x 108in / 183 x 274cm 

#GrilledPainting. That time Blob knocked back too many cold ones and fell into the grill on the 4th of July #StarsAndStripesForever

#AmericanDream

2018

oil on polyester

72 x 85in / 183 x 216cm 

Blob hungover after a weekend bender. #TakeItEasyOnTheSauceBuddy

2015

oil on canvas

16 x 20in / 41 x 51cm 

Blob recovering after an alcohol related injury #InternalFixation

2015

oil on canvas

28 x 36in / 71 x 92cm 

Psychedelic hike

2018

oil on canvas

36 x 28in/ 91 x 71cm 

#MachineOperator Blob realizes he is the sum of his deteriorating bodily processes

2018

oil on polyester

20 x 16in/ 51 x 41cm 

Fortune teller in a nursing home

2018

oil on polyester

72 x 108in / 183 x 274cm 

Paint rags in a landfill. RIP Blob. #YouWillBeMissed

2018

oil on canvas

60 x 48in / 153 x 122cm 

PART ONE     PART TWO     PART THREE

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