Month: November 2013

Investment Position at Dog Park Art Project Space

Investment Position. Oliver van der Lugt 19 Oct – 10 Nov 2013. Dog Park Art Project Space. Thoughts on Oliver van der Lugt’s Investment Position at Dog Park Art Project Space (19 October – 10 November 2013) through the lens of Sut Jhally’s mapping of “commodity fetishism” in four successive stages. 1. Utility/idolatry, in which commodities are freed from being merely utilitarian things. A precarious arrangement of generically based objects overwhelms the gallery space, offering a series of individual elements within a field of replaceable sameness. Attentions to the arrangement’s structure and aesthetic value fall away as the objects themselves define a narrative of economic references. Stacks of cheap jeans and cinder blocks sit on and around the scaffolding, with a risibly enlarged clothing store receipt draped over the top of the structure and across the floor. In one area, a pair of jeans stretches across a section of scaffolding, carrying the weight of three 20kg cinder blocks. Another pair of jeans cradles a television screen as it presents a series of short, choreographed clips …