What does the future of photography look like? You needn't look far. In fact, you're already staring at it. It's the Internet. Increasingly, artists are downloading images and retooling them, transforming scavenged pictures into things that often bear little relationship to the intentions of those who placed them online to begin with. While it can said that appropriation lies at the heart of photography and that the act of taking a picture, whether by shutter snap or mouse click is essentially the same thing, Web on the Wall, a six-artist, 17-image sampling of current trends, argues that the act of re- or decontextualizing online imagery takes photography to a new place, one quite unlike any seen in its 175-year history.
Laden. To tease out those images, viewers are encouraged to look at them through their phone cameras, which, for me, yielded no appreciable difference. The exercise feels more like a clever parlor game than a serious inquiry into liminality, memory or surveillance.