Consumer curated exhibition project

Woolley, Dawn ORCID logoORCID: (2015) Consumer curated exhibition project. [Show/Exhibition]


'Consumer' examines the influence of capitalism on the visual landscape. During March – May 2015 Woolley purchased advertising space around Cardiff city centre and populated it with artworks that critique capitalism. The artworks employ the methods of enticement that are often found in adverts but invite people to think about the pervasiveness of capitalist consumption rather than impel them to buy something. By creating disruptions within the commercial advertising field the exhibition aims to provoke the audience to reconsider consumerism as a distraction that inhibits positive social development towards social justice and equality. Alongside Woolley, three artists participated in the project. Ellie Harrison is an artist based in Scotland. She studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, Goldsmiths College and Glasgow School of Art, where she undertook a Leverhulme Scholarship on the Master of Fine Art programme. In 2012 she created The Redistribution of Wealth installation at Tate Britain. Peter Kennard’s artwork aims to instigate debate about art, politics and society. It attempts to bring together different issues to stimulate the development of new forms of art that deal with everyday global themes. He is a Professor in Political Art at the Royal College of Art and his work is in many major collections, including Tate, the V&A and the Imperial War Museum. Davin Watne is an inter-disciplinary artists based in Kansas City in Missouri, USA. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994 and his MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. He has been awarded the Charlotte Street Foundation Award, ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, Avenue of Arts Municipal Arts Grant, and a Studios Inc. Residency. Watne is a lecturer at University of Missouri Kansas City and is the head curator at UMKC Gallery of Art.

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