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LaTurbo Avedon is an avatar and artist, creating work that emphasizes the practice of non-physical identity and authorship. Avedon has spent the past decade developing a body of work that illuminates the ever-growing intensity between users and virtual experiences, pursuing creative environments that deepen the meaning of memories found in the metaverse. They curate and design Panther Modern, a file-based exhibition space that encourages artists to create site-specific installations for the Internet.
LaTurbo’s process of character creation continues through gaming, performance and exhibitions. Their work has appeared internationally, including TRANSFER Gallery (New York), The Manchester International Festival UK, Transmediale (Berlin), Haus der elektronischen Künste (Basel), HMVK (Dortmund), Barbican Center (London), Galeries Lafayette (Paris), the Manchester International Festival, and most recently The Whitney Museum (New York City).
LaTurbo recently completed a commission for the Whitney Museum of Art’s Sunrise/Sunset series, where they created a unique series of mirror self-portraits and still life works. “As an avatar, working solely in the virtual world for the past decade, it has been quite the fascinating experience watching the world begin to embrace and synthesize their relationships to the metaverse and the worlds where I reside. In 2019 I passed an proposal via the Unicode consortium to create the Emoji Mirror, which is now accessible on most devices and computer keyboards today 🪞.”
This latest work continues to gaze into the parallel virtual mirror, capturing a moment of virtual self caught in a perpetual loop. The contemplative idle of a virtual person, waiting in the long now.
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