Oklahoma artist Jordan Vinyard explores our current culture using surrogate performers to ironically resolve the infractions of human behavior, not only by creating mechanical proxies, but situating them as caricatures of humans interacting with technology.
“I think the starting point for this project was fairly unique because there was a singular incident that had been driving the entirety of it,” Vinyard shares. “I always assumed that I knew what my first memory was, which was of my twin brother and I at our fourth birthday. Recently I saw that image on a VHS tape, so I had this ‘oh my god’ moment where I started to think about how technology really does imprint on us at such a young age, so I started replacing my own body, my own work with surrogate performers.”
Consisting of works that subtly breathe, lethargically stare at screens, and act as sardonic addendums to existence, the ultimate goal of Vinyard’s sculptures and installations is to place the viewer in a fixed dilemma as they realize themselves parallel to their prototypical counterparts.