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Ted Green / the second eye

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KAESHMAESH proudly presents the first solo exhibition in austria by british artist TED GREEN

"the second eye"

Opening: 4.4.2018 | 7pm

5.4 - 11.4.2018

open by appointment

Is there a gap that exists between the gallery space and the digital space? Should this exist in what could be described as the Internet Age? Kaeshmaesh presents the debut solo exhibition
from Ted Green. He questions the grey area that appears to exist between Digital Art and the tangible. Through the use of Augmented Reality, Green is attempting to challenge the question of said gap. As the Internet and technological advances are so rife in this day and age, why should this be the case in the Art World?
Throughout his practice, Green has been working with over-surveillance and voyeurism to the point where he became his own stalker collecting, consolidating and openly presenting every
piece of information he was able to accumulate, from medical records to bank details to used tobacco pouches. In The Second Eye, Green is linking the topics of our constant need for
distraction through our screens. He utilises Augmented Reality in order to bring still imagery and the visual language of communication to a more realised dimension within the physicality of an exhibition space. Contemporary Society is so used to documenting artworks through the use of a
mobile phone camera, ultimately reducing the aesthetic of an artwork. However, through the use of the Artivive App, Green challenges this reduction and builds a new dimension to the works on show. The camera on a phone becomes the 3rd eye. We are viewing the world through that small rectangular companion we guard dearly in our inside pocket. With the title The Second Eye, Green is opening up a personal unfortunate event. He lost the sight in his left eye and therefore the
smartphone camera is in actual fact his second eye. Rather than applying a sympathetic approach, Green uses an element of satire and comedy that draws attention to this misfortune
and he also suggests the concept of surveillance through references to Orwellian “mis-ideals”.
The Second Eye is applying a duality of the personal and impersonal comments on contemporary social phenomena of voyeurism, communication, distraction and patience.
Ted Green grew up in Birmingham, England which affected his approach to artistic practice due to the base nature of the wit surrounding the city. A humorous aspect to his work always lies under the raw somewhat miserable comments on the Internet Age, leaving the viewer with what could possibly be described as a sense of relief. From his work at Stourbridge College, Green was
dealing with chance and natural discourse which still appears subtly in more current work. He then moved to London, to study at Central Saint Martins where he developed an obsession with
himself thus himself becoming the forefront of his practice suggesting comments on voyeurism and our inescapability of being watched. Due to a lack of a studio space and increasing living costs, Green decided to push his work into the digital medium linking our social anxiety and our increasing inability to communicate with one another in Contemporary Society without the use of Social Media. Within his work he brings in an element of a constant search for distraction. Green became frustrated with the art scene in London so sought an escape in Vienna where he now
studies Art in Public Space at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.

`The Second Eye is the watching, the feeding and the delivering of the information overload we so