The Purposeful Mayonnaise

November 5, 2021: Hannah Lane (visual art),  Ilya Sviridov (collage)

Hannah Lane

Hannah Lane is a recent graduate of Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in Painting and Art History. Hannah Lane is a Kansas City native and lives in the Kansas City metro area. She has worked at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as a provenance intern for the East Asian section for a year and half. She is a Jewish female artist who talks about our connection with technology and our lives.

Website:  Instagram: @hlaneart

How does technology affect our lives and how does it change our perceived reality?
Within my art these are the questions I ask. The Disintegration series is a direct but abstract reference to how technology affects us. By combining disintegrating infrastructure with colors that come from social media, news, movies and games; I question how technology and this digital realm that we interact with change our realities and what we believe them to be. 

The Disintegration series came from the idea of potholes more specifically. Potholes are a piece of crumbling infrastructure in a modern society that most of us are oblivious to unless we walk past them, drive around or sometimes bump into them while driving. We blindly use technology and the digital realm without hesitation or thought until that system fails. Lost internet connection, the blue screen of death, even the controversial issue of privacy and censorship with big tech companies are all situations that bring the consumer back to reality. By combining these two elements that usually most are unaware of, helps to create a dystopian space. This makes us recognize the ways we use technology in our lives.

I make references within the names of the Disintegration series to where I get my colors, helping the viewer to see or acknowledge the reference to the technological realm. How do we rebuild our broken infrastructure that we have been so oblivious to because of technology?

Within the Dot Board’s, the colors that come from this intangible realm still apply, but Dot Boards attempt to focus on the positives of technology through directly working with AI to create these pieces. In a way, Dot Boards are reminiscent of games. The dice are rolled and the result determines where the person will move on a board. In the case of Dot Boards, the rolled dice direct me where to put dots on a canvas. Dot Boards are created by rolling AI driven or coded dice, these numbers then give the piece the vertical, horizontal or diagonal dots. The rolled dice also reveal the number of dots that will be aligned in the specific direction. Dot Boards resemble circuit boards in the way the piece has numerous dots on a flat surface. Dot Boards have a physicality to them. These pieces are not just flat dots on a surface, but bubble out and catch the light. This helps with the abstraction of a circuit board where pieces and objects pop out and form lines and diagonals with complicated patternations. The Dot Board’s emphasize that technology does make an impression on us. This is by using AI technology in tandem with colors from the cloud to show this impression. Technology through these impressions has affected our society both positively and negatively. While Dot Board’s focus is on the positivity of what technology has done for us through the abstract references to circuit boards, AI driven technology and even games, Dot Board’s still remind the viewer that technologies' postivities may not always be as beneficial in the future as they are right now.

Geometry, collage on paper, 21 x 29.7 cm

City Portrait, 2020, collage on paper 21 x 29.7 cm

Ilya Sviridov

I am a collage artist, born in 1991 in a small town outside the Urals in Russia. All my life I have only painted, studied art and earned on it. I am also a tattoo artist, a freelance illustrator and I want to try everything related to fine arts. I studied at an art school, art college, university of architecture and design academy. People have repeatedly told me that I have a "strong" style; living in a grey strict society, my style has adopted it.

I studied at: Art School named after F.A. Bronnikov, Shadrinsk; Art Collage, Shadrinsk; South Ural State University, Architecture and urbanism, Chelyabinsk; Chelyabinsk Academy of Culture and Arts, Design, Chelyabinsk. I have exhibited at the collage exhibition "Who am I? Who are they?" in the art space Klopovnik, Chelyabinsk, Russia, online exhibition "Open spring' in the Absent Gallery.


Панелька, collage on paper, 21 x 29.7 cm

ROAD TO, collage on paper, 29.7 x 41 cm

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