CUSTODIAN conceptual front man Adreon Henry is also one of the country’s most innovative and original visual artists and for his latest installation he’s taken over a convenience store…… and the internet… it’s complicated.
Marrying technology to art, Henry is tackling the gray area between physical and cyber in his new site-specific installation “E-Z Egos and Effigies.” It is part vinyl screen-printing and half QR codes and it’s all in a quickie mart, making for a totally weird experience.
The idea for E-Z Egos and Effigies was founded on Henry’s realization that “many people depend on social networking sites to communicate. Technology offers a convenient way to connect, which is why I chose to convert this location and engage audience participation with the use of QR codes to create a multidimensional form of social interaction.” Make sense? You’ll have to go to a pop-up art show at a gas station to fully realize it!
The installation is housed in a converted convenience store displaying sketch-art portrait pieces embedded with QR codes. Viewers are encouraged to use their smart phones to scan the QR codes which are linked to the portrait’s Facebook page that has been embellished with a unique persona and identity, often being befriended by other portrait personas, forming a ready-made community. Included with the purchase of each portrait the buyer will receive the administrative rights to a Facebook profile creating an opportunity to collaborate with the artist through cyber medium. Sounds weird, huh? We’re excited! Check out ALL the details HERE.
The installation will also be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday following the May 14th opening from 12pm to 5 pm.
Pick up a hand-numbered soapbox that has a CD with the debut CUSTODIAN ep inside of it HERE! Of course- there are also soap pads in there too. What a bargain!