08 March 2017

SIG: Contemporary

The Art Institute of Chicago is a great visit if you ever find yourself in that city - there’s a broad art collection with lots of photography.  Last week I came across the work of Martha Rosler for the first time.

At the height of the Vietnam War, Rosler created a series of photomontages fusing news photographs from the front lines with images of consumer and domestic culture from American popular magazines.  The images take aim at our habits, stereotypes, and comforts, driving some critical thought around the complex systems that produce them. Worth a closer look; if you can’t get to the museum in person you can see ten images from the series at:


Image Woman with Cannon (Dots), from the series House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home © 1967-72 Martha Rosler.

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12 March 2017

Indeed, from a technical point of view it almost looks like various images were literally cut and pasted (scissors and glue!) to make the composites. The creative bit is taking the consumerism driven images and mixing in something quite opposite to make a statement about the Vietnam war. I wonder if the approach would still work in today's world.

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12 March 2017

Hmm - the image pictured at the top of this article is really good, as it is not obvious. But when you click through and look at the others some of them look very clunky and sixth formish. Still, now they are classics...

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