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False Memory

Josh Rowell

Josh Rowell

Josh Rowell ,In Event of Moon Disaster, 2020, Acrylic on Canvas, Courtesy the Artist, © The Artist

In Event of Moon Disaster is part of a new series of works that Josh Rowell describes as ‘Painting Language’.  It examines the meeting point of art, technology, and language.  Within this series, the artist explores the boundary between digital aesthetics and the nature of the handmade, and between the virtual and the real.  Using passages of text, Rowell paints language in a complex system of colour coding, allowing the viewer to read the painting in both its original and altered state. The work is coded using the speech that President Nixon would have given had Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s space mission gone awry.  The speech represents a moment that never came to pass and is the creation of a memory that never existed.