Sun, 18 September 2011
Featured artist Slinko discusses her Make Believe body of work, one-third of the the Soap Factory's Three Artists Exhibition.
Slinko grew up, in her own words ‘in a one bedroom apartment in a giant bleak Soviet residential complex’ in Kharkov, Ukraine. The irony of late period Soviet communism is that consumer possessions were so rare that nothing was disposable. Everything was recycled for another use; objects had multiple and interlocking uses and meanings. As a sculptor, a maker of objects, Slinko’s work explores this relationship with visual culture, a relationship colored by the politics of both socialism and liberal capitalism. She sees America in 2011 as a culture teetering ‘at a point of critical mass between enormous over-production and accelerating visualization’, with our relationship to physical reality becoming increasingly ambiguous. At The Soap Factory, Slinko will present aspects of a current work-in-progress entitled Make-Believe. These works will ‘explore the poetic possibilities of a physical object, its cultural role, the artistic labor invested in its materiality and its place in the contemporary circulation of immaterial commodities’. These immaterial avoided objects are the building blocks of ideology and, by making these real, Slinko seeks to expose the basic matter that forms our social and political realities.
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