Prophecy Club

Benjamin Kellogg & Connor Crawford

January 18 - March 31, 2019
167 Canal Street, New York (map)

Opening reception: January 18, 2019 - 7pm

In an era which has come to be defined by “fast” images the artworks of Benjamin Kellogg and Connor Crawford seek to slow down the speed at which digital imagery is consumed, forcing us to recon with the permeation of western cultural goods and iconography into globalized narratives of futurity and the post- human condition. Kellogg, applying the logic of the conspiracy theorist assembles images that collide the politico-media complex with hermeticism: repurposing found vector graphics to engage in ancient questions regarding the reciprocal relationship between power and the images that disseminate and reinforce its claims. Crawford, similarly engages iconographic imagery of the present (as reproduced in digital spaces) to create relics of a speculative future. Tracing the downfall of a civilization, potentially our own, Crawford reflexively engages the activity of “world-building” to suggest at the latent possibilities dormant in the objects of mass media culture. Both the bodies of work on display in Prophecy Club can be understood as attempts to reconcile the relationship of understood forms of symbolic production with the hyper-active images of the contemporary western media landscape.

Press: Tzvetnik

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  Benjamin Asam Kellogg  (b. 1991, New York, NY). Kellogg is a multimedia artist based in New York. his work and research takes on the form of a digital dérive. Diving into loosely charted areas of the internet and surfacing with accumulations of digital imagery, Kellogg merges the artifacts of his research into digital paintings of overlaid vector graphics. While the tools Kellogg employs may be available to any message board conspiracy theorist, there is a great deal of nuance to Kellogg’s work. This is not just located in his treatment of pixelated edges and image quality, but in his ability to make these ultra contemporary images timeless through his understanding of a canonical art historical mode.   Connor Crawford  (b. 1992, Ontario, Canada) is a multimedia artist who’s work vaguely explores narrative, space and the audience’s role. Connor lives and works in Toronto. Recent solo, two person and group exhibitions include “Act II: Joke Courtyard” at The Loon (Toronto, ON), “Acrophobia” at Main Street (Toronto, ON) and “Usher 3: Reloaded” at February (Austin, TX).

Benjamin Asam Kellogg (b. 1991, New York, NY). Kellogg is a multimedia artist based in New York. his work and research takes on the form of a digital dérive. Diving into loosely charted areas of the internet and surfacing with accumulations of digital imagery, Kellogg merges the artifacts of his research into digital paintings of overlaid vector graphics. While the tools Kellogg employs may be available to any message board conspiracy theorist, there is a great deal of nuance to Kellogg’s work. This is not just located in his treatment of pixelated edges and image quality, but in his ability to make these ultra contemporary images timeless through his understanding of a canonical art historical mode.

Connor Crawford (b. 1992, Ontario, Canada) is a multimedia artist who’s work vaguely explores narrative, space and the audience’s role. Connor lives and works in Toronto. Recent solo, two person and group exhibitions include “Act II: Joke Courtyard” at The Loon (Toronto, ON), “Acrophobia” at Main Street (Toronto, ON) and “Usher 3: Reloaded” at February (Austin, TX).