Artwork Title: You Are Standing in an Open Field (Seashore) - Artist Name: Jon Rafman

You Are Standing in an Open Field (Seashore)

Jon Rafman, 2016

The series You Are Standing in an Open Field is a collection of large-scale photographs that depict grubby computer keyboards, personal effects, and detritus, acting as portraits of their users. Rafman investigates how changes in technology and society’s resulting adaptations affect our relationship to enduring themes of memory and loss. ( The series offers a visual metaphor for the correlation between virtual escapism and physical abjection. Throughout a number of large-scale photographic prints, Rafman stages juxtapositions between cluttered keyboards (each one “themed,” in a way, with its own personality, whether it’s glamor mags and makeup, or energy drinks and anime colouring books) and, in place of a computer screen, appropriated landscape paintings from the Romantic era and Hudson River School. (

Welcome To


Arthur is a Digital Museum

We haven't opened yet, but somehow you found us. Join the list for early access.