Homage to Richard Hamilton's, "Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes..."

Above is my homage to Richard Hamilton's work, "Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?"  

Do you remember the first time you experienced Art?  For me, it was a library book, most likely on Pop Culture Art, that had Hamilton's work as an example. I was probably around the age of seven.

Most Art historians will agree his  work was one of the first examples of "Pop Art."  I so enjoy the contemporary references that are detailed in the links above in reference to Hamilton's works.  And as one who loves Pop Art, his work is most special to me. 

In my work, we are, as well as in our relationships, our homes and even child rearing, impacted (if not directly influenced) by the Internet.  No longer is our home a sanctuary from the outside world, but its once secure boundaries fail with the inclusion of WIFI.  

Also, never have we been more aware of information and sharing of the same; we can instantly answer questions and return answers.  Never before in the history of mankind has knowledge been less restricted to the common man and woman. Literally, we are on top of the world.  We live in a golden age of knowledge. 

My work has a few references that will not be evident in the image above.  L.C.R. Licklider was one of the founders of what would become as we know it, affectionately, "the Internet."  My psychedelic rendition of him dominates the living room window.  His image, rightly so, is web emeshed.  He wrote, in 1960, an academic article, entitled, "Man-Computer Symbiosis,"    Again, this was in 1960!  Is it comforting, or not, that really nothing has changed in the last 54 years?  For me, the comfort and challenge is the same, a ying/yang that recognized both our opportunities and losses.  

And of course, any reference to Pop Culture and the Internet would not be complete without a reference to creator of the Internet, Al Gore


Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing in 2014?



J.C.R. Licklider

Man-Computer Symbiosis