MACP alumnus Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi reviews the Ian Markell exhibition at Bad Reputation for Artforum

July 16, 2018

Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi for Artforum:


In 1977, Douglas Crimp explicated a turn in pictorial signification—a gradual distancing of image from context that freed up the imaginary. In this distance, both psychological and material, the caption takes on a solemnity, as these spectral pictures—resistant to meaning, hospitable to vagaries—now house secrets. Social media has since changed our relationship to pictures, with captions facilitating not just meaning but, increasingly, monetization. Moments of secrecy are all the more noteworthy for their evasion of capitalist mechanisms...

 

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