Spaceman (‘Planet Earth is Blue…’)

54 x 54 cm (sheet size) | 50 x 50 cm (image) | Pigment print on 230 gsm art paper, water-stretched, deckled edges | Edition 1/1(ZAR 3,333.33)

“Spaceman (‘Planet Earth is Blue…’)” is an evocative exploration of themes of multiplicity and isolation, visually narrated through AI-generated astronauts surrounded by halos of commodified items, from food to pharmaceuticals technology commodities and currency. The backdrop, structured in a grid reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s iconic compositions, underscores the central layered figure composed of multiple astronaut images. Drawing its title from David Bowie’s poignant 1969 song “Space Oddity,” the piece resonates with the melancholia of being adrift in a vast sea of capitalist realism. It delves into the concept of ‘interpassivity’—the outsourcing of emotional experiences to objects or media—highlighting our often passive acceptance of consumer-driven identities and the illusion of choice in the modern world.

Dated ~ May 2024

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