People You May Know at Bosse & Baum

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Artists: Julieta Aranda, Oliver Hickmet, Natalia Ibáñez Lario, Amalie Jakobsen, Perce Jerrom, Isaac Olvera, Michael Pybus, Paul S. Sánchez, Alfie Strong and Josh Whitaker

Exhibition title: People You May Know

Curated by: Débora Delmar

Venue: Bosse & Baum, London, UK

Date: June 27 – July 24, 2015

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Bosse & Baum, London

People You May Know is an algorithm utilised by Facebook for users to discover potential links and connections to other users. The website states “We show you people based on mutual friends, work and education information, networks you’re part of, contacts you’ve imported and many other factors”.

This function enables artists to build relationships and extend their networks with others within the art world. It may take the form of simply discovering other practitioners sharing similar conceptual or material processes, or presenting their work to larger audiences including potentially gallerists, curators and collectors. Many artists foresee an ideal outcome of these newly founded links online, will result in opportunities for shows, sales and sometimes Internet stardom.

Online presence and documentation of work distributed through social media platforms such as Instagram, tumblr or Facebook have become part of artists’ lifestyles and business models, which are often the only ways in which we are used to encountering contemporary art from many places around the world.

Perceptions of artists’ practices are often solely built around their constructed online personas, intentionally or unintentionally they may find themselves caught between the possibilities and limitations of social media platforms. The more ‘friends’ are added, the higher the potential for even more ‘friends’ becomes available, this in turn generates many micro societies inside the ever expanding larger societies.

People You May Know brings together a selection of artists, who despite practicing in different countries and cities share a certain commonality. The works within the show will collectively investigate notions of constructed identities and constructed living environments, circulation of media and online/offline existences.

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Perce Jerrom, Doppelgängers, 2015

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Josh Whitaker, My Cubist Period, 2015

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Oliver Hickmet, Are We Nearly There Yet?, 2015

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Isaac Olvera, El_wero II, 2015

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Natalia Ibáñez Lario, #heart&roses #selfieart #tribaltattoo #onlinepersona #nataliaibanezlario TM, 2015

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Natalia Ibáñez Lario, #heart&roses #selfieart #tribaltattoo #onlinepersona #nataliaibanezlario TM, 2015

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Natalia Ibáñez Lario, #heart&roses #selfieart #tribaltattoo #avatarart #nataliaibanezlarioTM, 2015

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Alfie Strong, Bad and Blind, 2015

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Josh Whitaker, David Nivian’s Pirelli Calendar, 2015

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Alfie Strong, Dead, 2015

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Michael Pybus, McDONALDLAND, 2015

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Michael Pybus, Transparent Void (Meaningless Objects), 2015

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Michael Pybus, Transparent Void (Meaningless Objects), 2015

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Michael Pybus, Transparent Void (Meaningless Objects), 2015

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A text by Paul S. Sánchez after breaking up with his girlfriend and somehow trying to find a rational explanation of why he cheated on her. Translated by Bernardo Núñez Magdaleno. Sent to Débora Delmar using a Telmex Infinitum internet and sprayed with jumex juice. Paul lovingly used to tell his ex vulgar pretty things like “I want to squeeze your papaya for all of its jumex nectar.” 2015

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Perce Jerrom, Parliament, 2015

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Julieta Aranda, What Right?, 2015

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Julieta Aranda, What Right?, 2015

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