In the current oeuvre of Adrian Stein, we witness a compelling exploration of human consciousness in the machine age, an artistic journey that delves deep into the heart of what it means to be human in an era dominated by digital omnipresence. Stein's work is a fascinating amalgamation of concepts such as 'Deus Ex Machina' and the perennial questions of the soul and disembodiment. He channels Descartes' skepticism - the idea that all should be questioned - and marries it with a vivid portrayal of internet maximalism and meme culture.
Stein’s art is not just a visual feast; it's a philosophical inquiry. He uses exaggerated elements of internet culture, not merely as aesthetic choices, but as tools to dissect the digital self and its impact on our psyche. His work echoes the over-the-top nature of meme symbology, pushing viewers to confront the often absurd reality of our online personas versus our true selves.
In Stein’s digital canvases, one finds a layered narrative, where the line between human and machine, reality and virtuality, is not just blurred but provocatively questioned. The pieces are a mirror reflecting our fragmented digital identities, a commentary on the disembodiment we experience through our screen-saturated lives.
Stein, in his masterful use of digital media, doesn't just create art; he creates a dialogue, a necessary introspection in this age of technological ubiquity. His work is a testament to our times – a vivid reminder of Lucy Lippard's words, that art is not static, but a living, breathing entity, constantly evolving with our collective consciousness.
2013 - Present