The computer revolution has had a profound impact on the art world. These days it has become almost commonplace to see computer-generated images exhibited side-by-side with painting, sculpture and photography. A new show of digital drawings by Jon Haddock at the Howard House Gallery in Belltown is gaining national attention, and our KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin, went to see why. Here is his review.
No one will leave the Jon Haddock show with anything but a strongly mixed response, and that’s obviously the point. Haddock takes a group of widely circulated photographs of traumatic news events, and recasts them as though they were episodes in a child’s video game. The resulting images are remote, glossy, and intriguing. Like Pop art, they rework imagery from popular culture to make a point. But unlike the oil and canvas paintings of Pop, these mechanically produced images have little physical presence — they rely for their impact on the strength of their ideas.