Art & Design

Artist Jon Rafman Is the Only Real Reason to See ‘Robocop’

Art & Design

Artist Jon Rafman Is the Only Real Reason to See ‘Robocop’

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When the Robocop remake was first announced, nobody gave a shit. Now that the movie is finally hitting theaters to middling reviews, still, nobody really gives a shit. Paul Verhoeven’s whacked out, dystopian nightmare is a classic action movie inspired by Reagan-era corporate paranoia. The new Robocop, by all accounts, is a slightly above average studio cash grab. That is to say, it’s not worth your money (although a better airplane movie I cannot think of). The real reason to see Robocop then, is to support the work of one of our favorite artists, Jon Rafman, whose  faceless busts  (seen above), which are part of his ongoing “New Age Demanded” project, show up in the movie. The triptych appears in the office of a villainous CEO played by Michael Keaton, and can be seen several times throughout the film’s 100-minute running time. The Montreal-based Rafman, who first blew up thanks to his much-discussed Google Street View project, is one of the most exciting young artists working today, recontextualizing cultural ephemera to explore the relationship between technology and memory–a perfect fit for a movie about a robot who was once a man.

UPDATED: A top secret source just sent us a totally legal still from the film featuring Rafman’s work. Pretty cool!

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