American artist Shane Mecklenburger’s work Eternal Fortune (2014), figuratively examines virtual and symbolic luxury economies. Diamonds cascade from a simulated supernova explosion, scattering onto the screen, where the stones become a landscape of distorted geometry and virtual light. The sound of an electronic wind accompanies the video.
Mecklenburger’s work explores value in contemporary society, with a particular focus on diamonds and the influence of techno-scientific culture. The artist considers value an ephemeral and highly subjective denominator in society, which increasingly includes the definition of what constitutes art, and what value the latter might obtain in both cultural and economic terms.
Shane Mecklenburger lives and works in New York City.