Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Video games have been prevalent in contemporary culture for decades. Given the sheer number of players (more than 166 million Americans, according to a 2018 Entertainment Software Association survey) and the amount of revenue created ($134.9 billion in 2018), video games exert a huge impact on contemporary life.
Visual artists are gamers too —as immersed in video game culture as anyone else — yet video games have rarely been examined as a major influence on contemporary art. Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art, opening at Oklahoma Contemporary on Oct. 21, presents the work of artists who use video games as a catalyst for making art that addresses timely issues, including gun violence, migration and gender equality. The artworks in Open World reference a broad cross section of games, ranging from early text adventure and arcade games to more recent releases such as World of Warcraft and Grand Theft Auto.
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