This is one of a series of paintings using this Gas Mask stencil. The "Info–Filter Series" came from a collaboration with one of my best friends when we both first became intrigued with spray paint. The inspiration came from Rorschach ink blots, as we felt a connection to spray painted works that required a look deeper, and had varying interpretations. We liked this idea for multiple paintings, an aesthetic theme that could become a series. The gas mask concept evolved out of a conversation about how each of us knowingly or unknowingly filter immense amount of data each day in the Information Age. Our news feeds, class, work, television, music, film, all riddled with advertisements, giving us no escape from media culture but to turn off our devices and stay home.
This painting was inspired by a moment of clarity, after spending days in the wilderness without a phone or any connection to civilization other then my brother and cousins, who slept on the ground next to me. Returning to the city with fresh air in my lungs and the cache of my brain cleared, my focus was dialed in. With no distractions, juggling school, jobs, passion projects, getting a girlfriend, and having time for family, was no problem.
Spray paint, stencils