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Painting: Airbrush, Oil bar, Wax crayon, Acrylic on Canvas.
Nadia Jaber’s paintings jump around, scrolling between textures, flipping tabs into new color palettes and stretching materiality. She riffs between styles and ideas, cutting and scratching them like a DJ would, to curate something entirely new. The eyes and mind can keep up of course, because we’re used to this hyperactive image intake - we do it all day, everyday on our phones. “about:blank” is Nadia’s series reflecting not just on our visual ADHD but on what the mysterious machines behind social media are making us want, or think we want, and what that means for art appreciation. How about the artist as a postdigitalist algorithm, an online magpie curating a found line, shape, and color to generate an analogue version of the digital stream of information. Nadia’s work is a full-scale rebellion against the smoke and mirrors of social media, the artwork makes the virtual vibrant. Nadia takes an old-fashioned needle and neatly sews it all together. The work is generative in that it’s a remix of some other artworks. Its narrative structure is set up to tell a new story every time you see it, depending on where you start.
521 Version Mismatch
This painting is driven by the words in Spanish “amor loco” which means “crazy love, which is the same meaning as the words written in Korean Calligraphy. The Korean calligraphy forms with its first letter the open mouth of the figure that appears on the middle top of the painting with a worried eye expression. This part of the painting is appropriated from a painting by Gabriella Sanchez, an artist I admire. The top of the head of the picture shows a black and white line drawing on a yellow background, and it is meant to represent the volatile feelings that arose when the relationship between 2 persons is not stable. The black and white Lily flowers refer to platonic ideals on love and romanticism, the lower part of the painting shows an arrow pointing towards a possible outcome but is still unknown as not outcome is predictable under a crazy love situation.
The error code “521 Version Mismatch” comes out when the version is not compatible with your hardware, and it is linked to the painting in the sense that a crazy love situation happens mainly between not compatible people.
The title of the artworks comes from HTTP status response codes. The codes are standard response codes given by website servers and are sometimes called internet error codes. Naming the paintings with these codes I wanted to create a bond between them and the conceptualization of these series. As the code that titles these series “about:blank” displays a blank page when the browser has nothing else to show, the title of each painting is named after a different response code given by a website when an error happens.
Painting composed of 10 different canvases sewed together. Painted on the sides, so no need to frame it. Signed at the back of the painting, and delivered stretched and ready to hang.