Josh Kline - Creative Hands (2011) &
Tastemaker's Choice (2012)
Elements from the posthuman imaginary can be seen in American artist Josh Kline’s series Creative Hands and Tastemaker’s Choice. Creative Hands is a series of cast silicone objects that resemble different individual hands holding various consumer objects such as an iPhone, a computer mouse, a digital camera, and a bottled hand sanitizer. The hands and objects are cast as one and are colored in a warm beige. Similarly, Tastemaker’s Choice is a series of 3D printed objects that resemble hands holding an array of different drinking bottles. The objects are printed in a transparent plastic material and filled with various liquids, which merge the hand together with the drinking bottle. The objects of the two series are placed on backlit shelves similar to those found in shops, with connotations of a showcase of different commodities.
In both of Kline’s series, he explores the division between the organic and synthetic while simultaneously blurring the line between object and human, by making hybrid objects. The iPhone becomes skin-like in Creative Hands and the hand appears to be a plastic bottle in Tastemaker’s Choice. The hands are inseparably merged with the objects they are holding and even made in the same materials. This could be taken as an indication that consumer objects in the twenty first century, to some extent, have become a part of the human body and are viewed as something as natural as a functioning hand. The inseparability between hands and objects then invokes a literal as well as a metaphorical flow between humans and their surrounding environments and questions how these reciprocally influence each other (Doran & Homersham 2014). Kline’s works become physical manifestations of Verbeek’s (2008) and Pettman’s (2011) points, that humans are already posthuman and hybrid humanimals.