It’s only a game
Is Instagram a trap, parallel world or just a tool?
The cycle of illustrations “It’s only a game” is the result of my few months observation and a growing fascination of photographs which may be viewed on the Internet. I also use Instagram. I treat it as a platform to publish my works. However, when collecting information I started asking myself ‘Do I also belong to this world or am I next to it?’ Illustrations from the series are my attempt to answer the question what can be found outside of carefully selected, and often arranged, frame. I drew my own version of the story. The illustrations that have been created depict different stories. Sometimes sad, sometimes happy, moving, ugly or simply ordinary. I try to look at my characters with a grain of salt but at the same time with an understanding. After all, it’s also a story about me.
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Technique of work
The square frame is made of Hama beads, a popular puzzle for children. The material was supposed to be associated with a pixel
and a smartphone screen. The low resolution effect suggests that the selected frame is computer, not true.
In contrast, imaginary stories that are out of the frame are painted with a thin black line.
I prepared invitations to the opening of the exhibition with the “#selfie” illustration on it and went to the city looking for
the „perfect match”. I put together a selected frame and friends whom I wanted to give an invitation to. The pictures show
people in various everyday situations, at work, at home, on the street.
As a result there are photographs / images with their own stories.
Few pictures from the vernissage in the Zacnie Gallery in Poznań. At the opening of the exhibition I prepared
an additional pixel square for the public. People who wanted, could draw stories they invented outside the frame
and create a common picture.