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"Saved by the Web?" at Postmasters Gallery



Apr 29 2017 - Jun 03 2017


LOCATION

Postmasters Gallery
54 Franklin Street
New York, NY

Discipline

Visual Arts

Postmasters presents Saved by the web?, an exhibition of artists Hasan Elahi, Lin Ke, and Eva and Franco Mattes, all artists whose work is a result of an engagement with the internet. 

Imagine two pre-internet framing devices for this show: Charlotte’s Web, the beloved, classic children’s book and its various adaptations, and Saved by the Bell, the generational touchstone of a TV sitcom. Both narratives are grounded in the expression of friendship through direct interaction.

Word spreads—the messages go viral; the ensuing media attention and publicity transforms Wilbur into Zuckerman’s Famous Pig. Wilbur receives a special award at the State Fair, and his life is spared. Because nobody kills celebrities. Ever. The words in the spider’s web put human beings on notice that they must always watch the wide world for the arrival of wonders. This web saved him.

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