Wandering Within the Sea of Fog presents a poetic reflection on the effects of disinformation, experienced through the vernacular of pulp-noir. The work explores the pulp-fiction detective as a contemporary Rückenfigur — a lens to reveal underbellies of social and political upheaval, a vehicle to understand and express the anxieties of our contemporary moment. Contrasting the Rückenfigur, frames of animation pop into focus, commanding and dividing attention across multiple displays. As nightfall unravels into a surreal fever dream, the post-industrial landscape pitches into civic unrest. Whose interests steer us through the dark night of the soul?
Johannes DeYoung is a multidisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of computational and material processes. His exhibitions include works shown at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; Crush Curatorial, Robert Miller Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Eyebeam, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, NY; and the Images Festival, Toronto, Canada. He is appointed Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.