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The digital culture is not based exclusively on information and communication even when it seems that way. Brian Willmont, an American visual artist, is an exhibitor and firm believer in how the digital age we live in can also be a precursor of aesthetic experiences for the mere pleasure of beauty.
Using patterns made up of reinterpreted figures of nature, especially roses, Willmont plays with a discourse that invites us to question what is really natural in this era, when it is difficult, if not impossible, to separate the analog from digital environment.
Brian’s pieces generate a nostalgic emotion, not only for their repetitive compositional rhythm, but for the use of water as a visual element, either through a trompe l’oeil effect of drops on the print that seems to have just fallen on a paper or fabric without having passed through the material; or its use reminiscent of the blurry vision you have when you look through a glass marred by rain, a fish tank that divides a space or even, a few tears in one’s eyes that do not decide to fall.
Using color palettes that remind a bit of the futuristic aesthetic of the 80s, Brian plays discursively with colors, which recall the textures of asphalt and metal, and the reflections and distortions caused by neon lights on them, either through a direct and diffuse reflection, as in the case of metal, or the visual sensation that these lights could cause crossing or reflect in glassy objects.
“Making art is my way of making order of the world. I think my work reflects the longing, desire, and perfection of our digital culture. The emptiness of beauty experienced through a cell phone.”
Brian’s pieces also tell us about the individuality and beauty of error through graphic distortions within his pieces that evoke directly the glitches of corrupt image files that cannot be recovered, but that can be more pleasing to the eye than the perfect original image.
The work of Brian Willmont is a hinge between the analog and digital art world, reconciling the idea of the pleasure of beauty for mere pleasure in time and space where we usually seek information and knowledge in the digital world when it can also offer us virtues aesthetic.