after a very busy saturday a couple weeks ago, we managed to find inspiration at the end of it all in the CSUF Main Gallery. i forgot the camera, but i had my handy cell phone with me. and it takes pictures, hmmm, how convenient. what a fantastic display of different views into our culture’s love for all things convenient. every piece was intriguing and thought-provoking. we also enjoyed some tasty conversation with brian littler, who turned us onto the show.
Topics on Convenience
there were fascinating facts attached to each piece. things that make you say, “what?! how many?! are you serious?!”
below is a close-up of the above.
below is a close-up of the one above.
and, even closer…
the designer that i am, i was searching for seams or a pattern in all these plastic bottles. i couldn’t find any.
people love packaging… made me think about my profession. a lot.
the artists featured in the show are Susan Jane Belton, Derek Buckner, Chris Jordan, Kevin Landers, Henriette Sonne, Maya Sutter, and Chris Wright. Co-curated by Krystal Glasman & Elizabeth C. Tallman.
OC Weekly Review By ALBERT CHING
We live in a fast-paced society. (You may have heard that before.) What you very likely have not done is considered the implications as deeply or creatively as the artists featured in “What’s the Rush? Topics on Convenience,” an exhibit that thoughtfully muses on the things that are supposed to make our lives easier. The pieces can either be critical and shockingly revealing—selections from the “Running the Numbers” series by Seattle photographer Chris Jordan illustrates troubling consumer statistics on wasted electricity or the number of trees used for junk mail—to much more flattering (if not tongue-in-cheek), such as Susan Jane Belton’s series of oil paintings meticulously reproducing the logo-slathered to-go coffee cups from corporate chains such as Starbucks and 7-11. It’s kind of like Campbell’s Soup Cans for a world too busy to heat and serve.
It’s still up and can be viewed until december 11th. check it out.