By Ben Medansky
Previously shown at The Craft Contemporary Museum “Stories” Terracotta - Medansky has always been drawn to the aesthetics and themes of technology and media. In Stories, he explores the ramifications of social media on communication and community building. To create the piece, Medansky projected communication threads from his social media platforms onto wet clay slabs and inscribed them into the clay. He repeated this process until the layers of words and images became indistinguishable, Then fired the slabs and stained them with blue underglaze. Arranged as a religious triptych, he is referencing early forms of record keeping that incised marks into clay tablets, as well as storytelling through religious iconography. The works format also shows the similarities between the intense devotion of social media followers and followers of religion. The use of blue is to seduce an audience and gain their attention, as well as representing the blue screen we construct our fantasies upon.