group exhibition • August 7th - 30th, 2015
Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia is excited to announce the opening of Digital Mirrors, a group show featuring 17 artists tackling 17 of the modern ways we share our emotions.
The concept for this show focuses on emoji, not so much as just the symbols themselves, but more the evolving role of the symbols in modern language and as a increasingly universal method to communicate human emotions. You don’t have to look very hard to find a myriad of think pieces all over the internet asking if emoji is on its way to becoming the first truly global language. Not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with this idea we thought it might be interesting to have some of our artists incorporate this new way of visually communicating human emotions on an effective but often superficial or ordinary level, with their own work and the way that good art communicates feelings and the human condition universally, albeit in what has historically been a much deeper, richer. and more culturally impactful way.
Each artist chose one emoji to focus on and either build a piece around the symbol and intended vibe. With many pieces the symbol was incorporated directly, and in a few cases the artist chose to take the intended emotion and simply render that in their own style.
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Marjolien Caljouw"Mizaru, Mikazaru, Mazaru" (2015)
acrylics on arches hoppers watercolor paper
28 x 12"