Ambient Anxiety

This is a series of spray-painted canvases using a unique screen-spraying technique Djuro has developed over the past three years. The paintings are evoking the sensory overload of rapidly switching between different screens. Click on individual paintings to learn about the concept behind each.

“Selec has a system using grids to spray paint through, shifting them slightly to recreate the glitch we see on a screen.  The breakup of the surface of the paint echoes the pixelating as the grid replicates the matrix of transistors and capacitors, allowing or blocking the colours to show.  Ghosting the shapes and colours produces a recognisable fleeting moment on a screen captured on canvas.  Not Responding (Beachball) is an all too familiar icon whirling annoyingly in todays virtual world.  Selec’s image suggests a portal through the beachball shape, but frustratingly it looks the same world beyond.”

~ Karen Parker, Intersilient

Ambient Anxiety, London

This work is part of a joint London exhibition with a fellow South London artist Elina Yumasheva. Aptly titled "Ambient Anxiety”, the joint concept follows the unshakeable sensation that exists in contemporary everyday life.

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This series of six paintings describe the transverse feeling of inhabiting both our online and offline spaces, and the sensory and mental overload of rapidly switching from one to the other. To achieve this, I recreate the most human tendencies our tech displays: a glitch, a bug, a lag.

My canvas offers familiar Web-like graphics, and then interrupts them: with no assigned compositional hierarchy, the layers cut and disrupt one another. In a saccharine, pastel rainbow palette, they hold us suspended in their air-tight, silicone gravity – just like the screens we hold in our hands.

“The poor image is no longer about the real thing—the originary original. Instead, it is about its own real conditions of existence: about swarm circulation, digital dispersion, fractured and flexible temporalities. It is about defiance and appropriation just as it is about conformism and exploitation. In short: it is about reality.”, writes Hito Steyerl in In Defense of the Poor Image, 2009

Djuro’s work at first seems a bright and bold venture into a digital world of computer graphics. But the soft colours hide a harder reality. Under their surface is a different world – a manipulative and seductive place of traps and fault lines, disruptive, dangerous and overwhelming. She is interested in the very contemporary tension between the real and virtual worlds, and how our dependence on ever more powerful technology creates confusion between the two.

~ Leslie Manasseh, Brixton Blog