R.I.Pepe is a series of rococo-inspired cremation urns for dead memes....
Where does a meme go when it dies? Memes are the new form of sharing jokes in a visual format that do not have to be more than they are: funny and ridiculous and ostentatiously vulgar, just like the vessel that holds their essence. Lynn Glover is a sculptor who explores personal connection through the lived experience of “going viral”. Rapid sharing through online platforms allows for individuals to circulate, and indirectly express, personal emotions and reactions. Whether these frequently shared viral sensations are melancholic, humourous, appalling, or surprising in nature, they tend to bring people together on a superficial, yet highly charged, level. Meme culture fulfills the basic need of wanting to connect, or to be “in” on something trendy and fleeting. Glover shifts the impermanence of viral memes into tangible objects worthy of their momentary impact. Her large-scale ceramic urns are indulgent, garish, and highly detailed; a celebration of meme culture captured in three-dimensional form. Each urn is an interpretation of, and a personal act of memory to, a short-lived meme. Saturated with humour, this series of Rococo-inspired funerary urns for “dead” memes intersects pop culture and human connectedness.
Yanny/Laurel. Glazed and painted ceramic. 2019
Yanny/Laurel Description from Wikipedia (as inscribed on the back of the vessel): "Yanny or Laurel" is an auditory illusion of a re-recording of a vocabulary word plus added background sounds, also mixed into the recording, which became popular in May 2018.53% of over 500,000 people answered on a Twitter poll that they heard a man saying the original word "Laurel", while 47% reported hearing a voice saying the name "Yanny".Analysis of the sound frequencies has confirmed that both sets of sounds are present in the mixed recording." This was very reminiscent of the Blue/Black vs White/Gold Dress argument of February 2015, which is incorporated in the colour scheme of the urn. I am deeply interested in how something that held our attention can so easily disappear. It is with great regret that we say goodbye to Yanny/Laurel. RIP.
Damn Daniel. Glazed and painted ceramic. 2019
In 2016, a teenage boy Josh Holz recorded several videos of his friend's outfits, complimenting him with the phrase "Damn Daniel!" with emphasis on Daniel Lara's white Vans shoes. The tweets went viral and became a catchphrase. The boys went on Ellen to discuss their huge popularity and were even in brand deals with Vans. Damn Daniel represents one of the few memes that is positive, and is not making fun of someone at the expense of others. Here lies Damn Daniel. RIP.
Boar vessel. 600-500 BC Etruscan, Ceramic. Glazed and painted ceramic. 2019
"Boar Vessel refers to a photograph of an Etruscan ceramic sculpture of a boar taken at the Cleveland Museum of art. On December 27th, 2012, Wikimedia user Daderot uploaded a photograph of a ceramic sculpture of a boar, describing it as "Boar Vessel, 600-500 BC, Estruscan, ceramic" from the Cleveland Museum of Art." https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/boar-vessel The Boar Vessel meme became the perfect vehicle for every question the internet dares to ask, and people found endless ways to use it as a punchline. Reminiscent of Darude - Sandstorm started in 2007, when the 1999 trance techno song became the answer to every question about what song was playing on Youtube videos and Twitch. RIP Boar Vessel. 600-500 BC Etruscan, Ceramic. You will be missed.
E. Glazed and painted ceramic. 2019
This cremation urn honors the dead meme of "E", in which the face of Youtube gamer Markiplier was melded with the face of Lord Farquaad from Shrek. A distorted, loud voice would say "E!" allowing this meme to be used in any circumstance that required a response. Internet hilarity ensued and was celebrated. RIP E. You were simple and odd, but will not be forgotten.
I'm Already Tracer. Glazed and painted ceramic. 2019
"I'm Already Tracer is a series of TikTok Duets video fad in users record videos of themselves lip dubbinga lyric from the song "No Mercy" by The Living Tombstone. On January 12th, 2017, the Mashed YouTube channel uploaded an animated music video for the song "No Mercy" by The Living Tombstone, which contains a segment in which YouTubers Black Gryph0n and LittleJayneyCakes sing an argument over which characters to play in the game Overwatch." https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/im-already-tracer RIP I'm Already Tracer. You let us showcase our love of arguing.