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Gluzberg, Margarita, 2011, Show, Exhibition or Event, Avenue des Gobelins

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This solo exhibition reinvented traditional analogue photographic techniques to create a visual essay on contemporary culture that developed an innovative pictorial critical language. ‘Avenue des Gobelins’ is a meditation on the mystical, ritual nature of material desire and consumption – a subject which has a significant currency within the expanded fields of art, theory, and politics. It acted as a platform for a new body of photographic work, The Consumystic series.
In setting a research context, the title was borrowed from one of Eugène Atget's iconic 19th-century photographs of Parisian shop fronts, taken at the dawn of commodity displays. The exhibition comprised four slide projections, a video projection, and platinum prints – all originally shot on 35mm black-and-white slide film. By double- and triple-exposing the film, Gluzberg adopted the analogue photographic techniques of the Surrealists, as well as referencing artists from the 1970s who used slide installation. The images were projected onto graphite-covered paper – a reinvention of the silver screen, bringing the works into the debate around contemporary drawing.
Related outcomes included ‘The consumystic’, a lecture hosted by The Speaker Society (2011); an exhibition catalogue with an essay by curator David Thorp (2011); a new moving image work The Consumystic (Transmission), Babylon Kino Mitte, Berlin (2012); a solo project at the ‘UNSEEN Photo Fair’, Amsterdam (2012); ‘Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition’ (2012); and artist’s talks including Goldsmiths College (2012), Sheffield Hallam University (2013) and University College London (2013).
National and international press included an essay by Trish Lyons and a special commission photograph in ART.ZIP magazine, China (2012). Other reviews included Blend magazine, Dazed Digital, AD Italia and I-D magazine (all 2011); Art Review and, in the Guardian, ‘Margarita Gluzberg: Artist of the week’ (both 2012).

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design
Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography
School or Centre: Research Hubs > Image and Language
School of Fine Art
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2011 23:42
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2014 13:55
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/653

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