web site, 2020 © the artist
It is no coincidence that Jonas Lund builds this website extremely clearly, simply and categorically. Through its compact black and white visualization and direct textual expression, the concept finds its most appropriate and communicative form.
Technically, the work picks a random noun from the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language and combines it with “Capitalism”, producing sometimes uncanny disturbing combinations with bizarre connotations, and sometimes humorous ones.
The website does not offer any opportunities for intervention or interaction. Thus, economic and political sociology of the global system is brought to an absurd level of comprehensiveness that could be discussed critically but its practical challenge seems semi-utopian.
Jonas Lund creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and power structures of control. Lund earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009). He has had solo exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery (2019), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016), Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2016, 2015, 2014),
Växjö Konsthall, Sweden (2016), Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013), the New Museum, New York (2012), and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Vienna Biennale, 2019, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, Kunstforum, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Metropolis M, Artslant, Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield, Wired and more.