The Provocative and Disturbing World of ‘Second Life’ Photography

The Internet has forever changed our media landscape, and the collision of pop culture and art continues to evolve. Artists looking at this cultural complexity are being featured in a current exhibition at Aran Cravey Gallery in Los Angeles until April 12, called Raster Raster — which we learned about on Co.Design. “The title for Raster Raster riffs the artists’ lyrical and enthusiastic (‘faster faster!’) approach while also invoking the graphic design term associated with preparing an image for presentation.” Curator Marisa Olson calls the work “Postinternet art” — that which “simultaneously enjoys and critiques the Internet, responding to and incorporating its tropes, memes, cultural politics, and visual language into forms that may or may not live online.”

Bunny Rogers is one of the artists featured in Raster Raster, whose Second Life photography series reveals her provocative and often creepy exploration of digital selfhood, sexual taboo, feminism, and longing using the virtual world’s avatars. The screenshot images from 9years, catalogued on Rogers’ website, are dark and strangely cinematic. See more work from 9years in our gallery, and then head to Animal to learn more about “the overlap in sexualization and exploitation” with Rogers’ other work.

Image credit: Bunny Rogers
Image credit: Bunny Rogers