photos by Scott Beale
Last night we stopped by the Rare Gallery in Chelsea to check out the “People Matter” art show by Nic*Rad, an 18 month project where he painted 99 portraits of internet and media personalities, including several of our friends. On April 29th there will be a closing party where Nic will be giving away all of the portraits he has made.
Rad created PeopleMatter in response to the shifting structure of the media industry. The subjects were selected from RSS Feeds, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and FourSquare to get a sense of their social habits and the spheres they occupy. Rad’s depictions range from faithfulness to distortion and abstraction based on each person’s media presence and perceived personality traits.