Consumption by TED GILLESPIE
36” X 36” X 1.5”
acrylic on canvas
Materiality is crucial for the understanding of work related to the theme of consumption. How do we devour the world and ingest the objects and materials within our throw-away culture? Materials can speak volumes, just as a picture can speak a thousand words. I use, discarded, and otherwise overlooked materials with a strong connection to sustainability, while others approached the theme by using imagery that connected with politics and narratives rather than a physicality. The current temperament within our society is one of progress at our own expense. We are urged to buy more, spend more, and use more so we can collectively bolster our economy and consume our way out of a hole, out of a recession. There is a powerful wave of suggestion, driven by advertisements, media, and economic pressures that cause us to believe that we are merely consumers, defined by the act of consumption. It is my firm belief that we as artists should push back against this wave in any blatant or subversive
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