Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman is an artist and filmmaker whose work examines the effects of contemporary technology on the human psyche and interpersonal relationships.

Recent solo exhibitions include Dream Journal 2016 – 2019 at the Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Mental Traveler at Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Modena,  I have ten thousand compound eyes and each is named suffering at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Jon Rafman at Westfälischer Kunstverein, Jon Rafman at The Zabludowicz Collection, London,  The end of the end of the end at Contemporary Art Museum St Louis,  The Nine Eyes of Google Streetview at the Saatchi Gallery, London.

Group shows include The 58th Venice Biennale; Leaving the Echo Chamber, Sharjah Biennial 14, Sharjah; Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, Jewish Museum, New York; Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989-Today, ICA Boston; The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow; I Was Raised on The Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; How To See [What Isn’t There], Langen Foundation, Dusseldorf; Art Basel Unlimited, Basel; Low Form, MAXXI, Rome;  Suspended Animation, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse; Manifesta 11, Zurich; 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Speculations on Anonymous Materials at Fridericianum, Kassel.

 

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Seventeen Exhibitions:

A Man Digging

Still from: Jon Rafman, Poor Magic, 2017
Single-channel video with sound
7 minutes 08 seconds

Installation view of: Jon Rafman, Dream Journal 2016-2019, 2019
Venice Biennale, 2019

Video still from: Jon Rafman, Dream Journal 2016-2019, 2019
Single-channel video with sound
94 minutes

Jon Rafman, You Are Standing in an Open Field (Iceberg), 2015
Archival pigment print and resin on dibond aluminum and wood
60 x 80 x 3 inches

Jon Rafman, You Are Standing in an Open Field (Waterfall), 2015
Archival pigment print and resin on dibond aluminum and wood
60 x 80 x 3 inches

Installation view of: Jon Rafman, The Mental Traveller at Fondazione Modena Arti Visive
Curated by Diana Baldon. Photo by Rolando Paolo Guerzoni.

Installation view of:Jon Rafman, The Ride Never Ends, 2018
Video installation for Balenciaga Spring – Summer 2019 runway show

Jon Rafman, Still Life (Betamale), 2015
Unique ‘ball-pool’ display structure with single channel video
Installation view at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 2016

Installation view of Jon Rafman at Westfälischer Kunstverein,  2016

Installation view of Jon Rafman at Westfälischer Kunstverein,  2016

Jon Rafman, Transdimensional Serpent, 2016
Solo presentation with Seventeen at Frieze London
October 2016

Transdimensional Serpent (detail), 2016

Transdimensional Serpent (detail), 2016

Rafman Manifesta 11

Jon Rafman, Open Heart Warrior (Cockpit V.4), 2016
Powder-coated steel frame, steel grating, three channel video
Installation view at Manifesta 11, 2016

Jon Rafman, Installation view
Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2015

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Jon Rafman, Erysichthon (Temple Ruins), 2015
Timber, mirror and polystyrene, projection screen, HD video 8mins 04
Installation view at Zabludowicz Collection, 2015

Sticky Drama low ii

Jon Rafman, Sticky Drama, 2015
HD video and installation
Installation view at Zabludowicz Collection, 2015

 

Jon Rafman, Still Life (Betamale), 2013
Single channel video
Edition of 3
4m 54

Still Life (Betamale) is the first in a trilogy of works which employs Internet subculture detritus such as furry footage, fetish anime art, and 8-bit video game graphics. It was premiered on 4Chan, the anonymous chat room which generates a significant portion of internet memes, and has been linked to digital activism and the group Anonymous.

Jon Rafman, Oh The Humanity! (Waterbed Teal), 2015
Custom made waterbed, HD video
Installation view at Westfälischer Kunstverein, 2016
Photo: Thorsten Arendt

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Installation view at Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Germany, 2016

Jon Rafman, Installation view at Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Germany, 2016

 

Jon Rafman, Remember Carthage, 2013
Single channel video with sound, 13 minutes 43 seconds

Jon Rafman Annals of Time Lost Microfiche Archive #1
Jon Rafman, Annals of Time Lost Microfiche Archive #1, 2013
Microfiche slides, microfiche viewer, desk
Unique
129 x 80 x 80 cm

Jon Rafman, The Nine Eyes of Google Street View
Installation view at Saatchi Gallery, London 2012

Jon Rafman, The Nine Eyes of Google Street View
Installation view at Saatchi Gallery, London 2012

Meremõisa, Keila vald, Harju County, Estonia
Jon Rafman, Meremõisa, Keila vald, Harju County, Estonia, 2013
Archival pigment print on Hahnemule photo rag paper on aluminium
101.6 x 162.5 cm

More works and information

Jon Rafman, 206th St SE, Snohomish, Washingston State, 2017
Archival pigment print on Hahnemule photo rag paper on aluminium
101.6 x 162.5 cm

Rafman youtheworldandi
Jon Rafman, youtheworldandi.com, 2010
Website, unique
http://youtheworldandi.com/

Jon Rafman, Manifolds X, 2015
Resin, acrylic, 67.5 x 21 x 21 cm

RAFMAN Codes of Honor

Jon Rafman, Codes of Honor, 2011
Single channel video
http://codesofhonor.com/

Rafman Realms of Gold 3
Jon Rafman, In the Realms of Gold, 2012 (screenshot)
Single channel video
4m 59
Rafman Realms of Gold 2Jon Rafman, In the Realms of Gold, 2012 (screenshot)
Digital video
4m 59