Ron Terada (born in Vancouver in 1969,lives and works there) employs extremely different media, from photographs through videos, installations, posters and billboards to digital signage. In all of it, the motivating element is, in the main, using and transforming language. He takes his content from the most diverse sources, like advertising, the press or even high school yearbooks. Using these, he investigates the forms and effects of communication in both public and private spaces. He is particularly interested in the way new technologies and the social networks influence our language and re-shape how we relate to the spread of information.
In the context of the group exhibition, Political Affairs - Language Is Not Innocent, at the Kunstverein, Ron Terada is presenting his work, TL;DR, an acronym for "too long, didn't read". This involves 26 different-sized canvases painted with acrylics and combining into a sort of mosaic. In each case, the individual works consist of the title from an article in The Verge, an American technology portal and media network. These have been copied and reproduced on a white background in the New York Times’ standard font. The titles come across as absurd and lurid and function according to a logic aiming at the highest possible number of quick clicks. Here, Ron is investigating the effects of the digital flood of information on our capacity to pay attention and is simultaneously exploring our sense of truth and the authority of the media. In a similar fashion, he has created a set of four etchings for the Kunstverein.
- Political Affairs - Language Is Not Innocent, Kunstverein in Hamburg (G)
- Jack and the Jack Paintings, Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto (G)
- Beton, Kunsthalle Wien (G)
- Today It's Me, Tomorrow It's You, CSA Space, Vancouver (S)
- When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (G)
- Being There, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (S)
- Who I Think I Am, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (S)