Can the canon of art history adapt to digitized globalization? What role does an artist have when the relationships between cultural production and consumption are blurred by an electronic network?
Subverting the tropes of Western art history with technology, Indian American artist, Tara Kelton asks those questions with grace and humor. 3D interpretations of Cezanne’s still lives, self portraits commissioned from Amazon workers, and plein-air landscapes drawn blindfolded with VR goggles, all come together to twist Art’s tired clichés with playful irony. Kelton also connects us to her home in Bangalore, the “Silicon Plateau” of India, where tech companies come to mine skilled and unskilled labor. Where do you fit in our global economy?
Still Life with a Curtain, 2016
The result of a two-stage process in which the artist paid online workers to describe a popular Cezanne painting. She then engaged 3D rendering studios in Bangalore to create digital simulations of the workers’ descriptions.Series of six. Digital prints on archival paper (images), UV prints on textured wallpaper (texts)
Guided Tours, 2014-2019
Human camera “handlers” discovered assisting Google Maps’ cameras as they documented popular tourist sites in India.
Guided Tour (Taj Mahal)
Guided Tour (Gateway of India)
Guided Tour (Mysore Palace)
Series created using components from the digital libraries of a Bangalore real estate company.Series of five. Digital prints on archival paper
Blind drawings created while the artist wore a VR headset and travelled through Sansar, a popular oasis for self-expression, exploration, and live events.Marker on vinyl