Banners (2018)

13oz vinyl banners, various dimensions

Banner (Yale Daily News), 8.5”x724”

Banner (Adria Richards, Twitter), 5.3”x258”

Banner (Nariman Tamimi, Facebook Live), 14.4”x185”

Banner (Bahar Mustafa, YouTube), 14.4”x1325.5”

Banner (Karen Owen, email fragments), 14.4”x86”, 14.4”x22”, 14.4”x40”

Banner (Karen Owen, artist's Gmail inbox), 14.4”x35”

Each banner is composed of a screengrab of a continuous digital window—i.e., an article and comments from an online publication; the content and responses to a tweet, YouTube video, or Facebook Live Stream; the path of a viral email, etc.  These exist online as digital monuments to having gone viral. The physical vinyl scrolls materialize these moment of overexposure on the internet. They are presented in the gallery space as banners of commonality rather than shame.  Viewers are invited to pick-up, touch, and read the parts of the scrolls that are not affixed to the wall.