Parker Ito’s The Agony and The Ecstasy is an exploration of our experience of art through mobile devices and the internet. A self-described professional web-surfer, Ito’s practice is completely immersed with internet culture. From digital projects on his website, Tumblr or Twitter, even Ito’s canvases are inherently based in technology. Other paintings in the auction, like flavors-of-the-moment Oscar Murillo and Lucien Smith, will test the market to see if their meteoric rise is still ascending. The late Dash Snow, the very-much-alive Mark Flood and Vik Muniz are looking like the elder statesmen in this fresh paint auction-land – but we’ll leave that post to Uncle Andy, th Godfather of this type of emerging work. As to where the roulette wheels stops, as auctions always go – We. Shall. See. Phillips de Pury, London auction on April 8, 2014.
Mark Flood, Another Painting (Leaves), 2009 Below, left: David LaChapelle, Uma Thurman, ‘Gossip’, 1997; Andy Warhol, Skulls, 1976; Fernando and Humberto Campana, Cake Stool, 2008; Vik Muniz, Jackie (from Pictures of Chocolate), 2001