TAYLOR CHAPIN: CONSUMPTION CAPITAL
June 5, 2020–September 12, 2021
Consumption Capital is an installation of large scale paintings that simultaneously mimics and recontextualizes the brick and mortar space of the grocery store through a puckish critique of American consumer culture. The work evokes feelings of overwhelming claustrophobia in order to acknowledge the current age of anxiety and the role of extreme consumption in a period marked by pseudo-nourishment, both individually and globally.
The 21st-century shopper is inundated with a preposterously debilitating slew of choices for any given product. Endless options are daftly celebrated as beacons of capitalism. The guise of the free market can only temporarily mask the empty slogans and over-processed products that are being pushed on society as a means of deceptive distraction, subversively subduing the masses.
The allure of the painted surface concurrently attracts and repels through saturated colors, vivid imagery, and recognizable brands and products. The series questions what it means to consume through an exploration of overabundant excess methodically deployed through painterly reproduction and repetition. The subliminal push to continually consume extends further as the paintings themselves take on their own object-hood as a market commodity to be bartered, to be acquired, further exploring the unnerving void in American culture of excessive indulgence, devoid of true worth.
PROGRAMMING RELATED TO THIS EXHIBITION
- Tentative Exhibition Reception
Saturday, January 23, 2021