PRINT Summer 2013


Alistair Frost, Out of Office Auto Reply, 2012, acrylic on linen, 39 3/8 x 31 1/2".

IF YOU HAVE ANY FAMILIARITY with Apple’s aesthetic, Alistair Frost’s painting Out of Office Auto Reply, 2012, will click immediately. It features the side-on speaker of the Mac OS volume icon, muted by an overlaid black cross whose faux-ragged “expressive” edging suggests—like much of the London-based artist’s Google-powered work—clip art. The immediate feel, then, is of a symbol dragged and dropped; the implicit definition of painting is as something lacking a voice, and the title proposes that not only was this nonstatement generated without human interaction but that the artist is also a mere bureaucrat (albeit one who’s recently deserted his desk). Vis-à-vis the diminished status, today, of the ostensibly analog medium of painting—and even of unformatted creativity—all of this might suggest a shrug, a capitulation.

Then again, painting is silent, the experience

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the Summer 2013 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.