The world of Idaho-based artist wampastompa is a surreal foray into the aesthetic of the communal digital chatroom. The language is ephemeral and playful, the emotion pointed — caustic, irreverent, and well aimed. Wampastompa’s work does not attempt to mimic traditional media but exploits the obvious marks and simple aesthetics of rudimentary digital workspaces.
Wampastompa creates art that never leaves the computer, where he is free to play with the rough-edged squareness of loose pixels, each fighting to stay in place against an inorganic grid of dadaist exploits. His catalog feels based in kitsch, outsider art, naively rendered like children learning a new tool. Wampastompa relishes these moments, a fight against the purity of the ethos that computer graphics should replicate the real world — this is modern folk art, born from the culture of the internet.