Free Desktop Backgrounds is an on-going series of digital collages. Each work is made freely available online (http://macclippard.tumblr.com/), with the intention that they will be downloaded and used as desktop backgrounds. In addition to bypassing commodification, these works serve as humorous an ironic criticism of the kinds of imagery that typically fill the role of “desktop background”: images that are idyllic, iconic, saturated, and seductive. (A simple search for “free desktop backgrounds” will illustrate this point.) The idealized landscapes that populate so many desktops offer an escapist alternative to the reality of those desktops—that is, that they are sites which ground never-ending labor and consumption.
Dakota Higgins (BFA Fine Arts, Sculpture/New Genres ‘17) was born in Culver City, California and grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has had recent solo exhibitions at El Clasificado and The Meeting Room at Navel in Los Angeles. He is currently attending Alternative Worksite, a residency program in Roanoke, Virginia.