Bill Talsma’s most recent artwork comments on rewards we receive for insignificant or trivial things that we do. These pieces question what is truly remarkable or worthy of an award.
By recontextualizing materials and messages (piano-finished plaques, for instance, laser engraved with Facebook status updates) I hope to provoke new meanings and raise a few questions: What exactly is award-worthy? What is remarkable? Will the public announcement of a few new “friends” elevate my standing amongst my other acquaintances? Or is this just a starting place for judgment? Is a comment an endorsement? What do the sliding scales of acknowledgement look like?
– Bill Talsma, Yesterday at 2:19 pm
Talsma’s art is fantastic, witty and may explain why I rarely use facebook as a personal tool these days. The idea of connecting with friends and family is great, but is facebook gaming us to keep people using it?