Honours exhibition: We Bombard People with Sensation. That Substitutes for Thinking.


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Presenter:  Liz Grylls

Date: Oct 30, 2015

Time: 6:00pm

Contact person:  Mats Unden
T: 08 8946 7353
E: mats.unden@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Nan Giese Gallery, Casuarina campus

Target audience:  All are welcome to attend.

We Bombard People with Sensation. That Substitutes for Thinking is a response to the corporate media machine, specifically women’s magazines. Women’s magazines bombard readers with what to wear, and what to look like physically, as well as proclaiming which celebrity has put on weight, and which one has lost weight.

The manipulated female image is a constant feature of women’s magazines: we are bombarded with the ideal body on a daily basis. My work aims to visually highlight and challenge the propaganda that women’s magazines contain through adopting, appropriating, and drawing on styles of activist and non-activist art to create subversive magazine covers.

My original contribution is to highlight female-driven mass consumption, especially to display the true purpose of magazines, such as to sell other commodities, and reveal the strategies that are used within magazines, including the manipulation of, and often falsehood of, images and text Artists who have been influential in this body of work include artists from the Pictures Generation, such as Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer. The use of détournement was also paramount in the current work, specifically photographing images from women’s magazines and using them to form new magazine covers.

My Honours exhibition consists of a collection of mock magazine covers developed over the year. Simulacra and strategies of détournement are exhibited as a collection of posters, a ‘bombardment’ wall and a chronological magazine collection. Lastly, viewers have been invited to bring a magazine to the exhibition opening to contribute to the pile of magazines  installed in the centre of the gallery. It is hoped that this will free viewers from their body issues as they dump a magazine on the pile.

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