Art

Digital War

Digital War
Digital War, 2010: Police try to help civilians wounded after an explosion in Kabul. Courtesy of Ryan Reynolds.
by Steven Boyd Saum |
Assistant Professor of Art Ryan Reynolds explores what it means to see—versus to truly understand.

"We live in a time when we see things that we don’t really experience,” says Ryan Reynolds—even though, through the media, “we have a sense that we are informed of truth or reality.” That sense of watching (or not) conflict half a world away informs Digital War, one of Reynolds’ recent series. The painting here shows the aftermath of the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2010. But the digital transmission has been fragmented and, on the receiving end, put together in a way that’s broken, incomplete.

Go further: See more images from the series and read more of what Reynolds has to say about it.

Winter 2014

Table of contents

Features

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The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.

A sight of innocence

George Souliotes went to prison for three life sentences after he was convicted of arson and murder. Twenty years later, he’s out—after the Northern California Innocence Project proved he didn’t do it.