The visual vernacular of the digital age has evolved and grown to be so integrated into our culture that it is largely taken for granted. Exploring how the language of media and technology feed back into everyday life, installation artist Aram Bartholl created a series of large pieces imitating the well-known Google Maps place-marker icon. The series has been ongoing since 2006 with installations having occurred around the globe including Taiwan, Germany and France.
Bartholl is a German artist who stated that his work “creates an interplay between internet, culture and reality.” The artist recently had a solo exhibition at the DAM Gallery in Berlin. While the work is easily related to for its pop-kitch iconography, there is an underlying conceptual element that “examines which and how parts of the digital world can reach back into reality.”