Shawn Huckins’ newest paintings are entitled the American Revolution Revolution: What Would George Post? Huckins had the bright idea of using 18th century painting and portraiture to make social observations of our newest (and most profound) lexicons of the digital age. No one has ever LOL’d so hard they ended up ROFL at a portrait of George Washington, but Huckins knows how to get it out of us. With his paintings, Huckins seeks to question the advancement of technology, and ask if it has truly helped or hurt our way of communicating.
The lexicon of Facebook status updates, tweets and texting acronyms permeate todays popular culture, flooding the internet with abbreviations with which many of us are still unfamiliar. “Technology influences how much we know and what we believe, as well as how quickly and intelligently we convey our ideas. But does how we communicate govern the value of what we communicate?” Typing fast on small devices impacts our spelling, grammar and punctuation — and to some degree — encourages a level of illiteracy that has become the new social norm. These shortcuts are changing the way we communicate, but are they really hurting our society, or are we just adding another form of communication to our already convoluted, digital world? See more of Shawn Huckins’ paintings below or at shawnhuckins.com.