by Anthony Haden Guest
MATUSCHKA GOES SHOPPING The shopping bag pieces in Matuschka's series are artful in every sense of that slippery word. The materials she uses in "Bagit!" are just that, empty shopping bags, but she has plucked them from the worlds of shopping, branding and packaging and turned them to her own ends. Which pack a whammy. At first the viewer may feel that he or she is drifting through the familiar world of pure abstraction but then elements of the real tug at the attention yes, that IS a blue but it is also Tiffany's trademarked blue and these white coils like albino serpents are the cords so that the sweetness is cut, leaving a seductively bittersweet aftertaste. The relevant ism here is consumerism. That Pinging! sound you hear is shopping, shopping, shopping. CLick here for the complete Matuschka "BAGIT" essay
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