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Artists attracts attention of Charles Saatchi with work using images appropriated from the 'dark side of the internet'.

This article titled “James Howard: turning spam into art” was written by Jemima Kiss, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 6th May 2011 14.35 UTC

Considering the ubiquity of the internet, it’s surprising how little the visual language of this alternative reality has been reappropriated by the art world. But that’s exactly what artist James Howard has been toying with, attracting the attention of one Charles Saatchi during his final show at the Royal Academy in London.

Howard’s work is all dreamscape visions and rainbow-fade mountains, roleplay characters with California tans and neon white teeth. The final show that caught Saatchi’s eye was a room covered entirely in posters inspired by the imagery of the web’s dark side. These are all the images you’ll find if you start clicking – as Howard does – on the links in your spam folder. The imagery is always the same, he says.

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