sitcom laughing by Emily Sparkes

'sitcom laughing' is Emily Sparkes's second solo exhibition in the UK. On view are five new paintings that pluck influence from Big Bang Theory anti-fandom memes, bizarre YouTube videos, the online ASMR community, and an ever-growing register of selfies from friends. This online network of appropriating and sharing images at once seems commonplace and puerile. However, far from banal, this culture is creating a new power of the image, with emphasis on absurd humour, kinship, hyperbole, and hysteria. Furthermore, our contemporary dependence on the screen can perhaps provide a rationale for a re-examination of the canvas and of painting.

Emily Sparkes lives and works in Birmingham. Her work has been exhibited widely over the Midlands, including mac., Havill & Travis, New Art West Midlands, and in permanent public collection at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. She has also exhibited twice at Flowers Gallery in London's Mayfair. Sparkes is a practice-based PhD student at Birmingham School of Art, following on from her MA in Queer Studies in Art & Culture.

Limited edition risograph prints will be available, provided by Rope Press.

The show begins with a private view on Thursday 4th May, doors open from 7.00pm-10.00pm. The show will continue at Artefact until Tuesday 30th May.