At least the origin of Ryan Hill’s meandering drawings isn’t readily apparent—for an Internet-inspired show, you’ll find no familiar viral video stars or Web memes. Instead, Hill presents a pastiche of mysterious and cartoonishly macabre images culled from Google Images searches, Flickr and YouTube—face-painted goths, pirate treasure chests, a sketch of Elizabeth Taylor’s severed head—and often, his written observations of his drawings (Taylor’s head is “Half obscured by a cloud of White Diamonds”). It’s all tongue-in-cheek, from the skeleton Marilyn Monroe’s sexy pose to the skulls slurping down Tasti-Delite. But like our 140-character online attention spans, Hill’s work seems to befall the fate of every cool thing that’s been linked to on a twentysomething’s Google Talk status: interesting until the next shiny thing comes along to distract us.
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