Snared by the endless and quotidian rhythms of the digital age, Beejay Esber’s ctrl +p mimics and demonstrates machine-like processes usual in today’s production while questioning the space and place of man’s will, choice, and control as it sits in the midst of this Sisyphean tragedy. The grind of the modern world ruled by the virtual barrage of information brings forth an amalgamation of images, words, and figures that fail to make connections—an irony where the convenience of linkages sacrifices senses of inquiry.
Esber takes off from his childhood when science fiction dominated popular culture, as he goes back comics, books, animations, and isometric forms from the 1980s and 1990s that are currently resurfacing today. The timbre of its colors carries with it its signature brightness, as though unencumbered by the burden of trend and mainstream following. Similar to the merging of seemingly disparate contrivances found on the internet, he also incorporates methods and characters found in Chinese and Japanese brush calligraphy, known for its precision. This is however subverted as ideas of perfection are disputed with every stroke of the brush that allows images to imperfectly flow on the canvas.
Perhaps the point is not merely to make sense than to gather and keep the question going. Capturing the sensation of being mired in a cyberworld, man’s position shifts from one who dictates to one who merely receives. He too has become an object in the time of automated dictations.