J. Stanton: Art Paraphernalia for a Modern World

At J. STANTON, INC., one can purchase their very own art objects, each with various degrees of usefulness and artistic worth. Stanton's store brings the shopping experience into the gallery itself, an action which investigates the roles of art and the gallery in society as emblems of aesthetics, design, lust, desire, and wants, apparent needs, and consumer habits. Our lives revolve around the purchasing of goods and services; art takes on this role.

7 August – 5 September in the ProjEx Room
Opening Reception 7 August, 8:00 PM

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Art Paraphernalia for a Modern World

Art Paraphernalia For A Modern World is J.STANTON’s attempt at questioning the relationships between art, life, society, consumerism, wants and needs. At J.STANTON, INC., one can purchase their very own art objects, each with various degrees of usefulness and/or artistic worth. The retail-for-art-store draws from ideas brought forth by such groups as Fluxus, as well as N.E. Thing Co. in Canada, which sold art objects to passers-by in an actual retail environment. J.STANTON’s store brings the experience into the gallery itself, an action which investigates the roles of the gallery as well as art in the modern society as an emblem of aesthetics, design, lust, desire, and finally, of wants, apparent needs, and consumer habits. Our lives currently revolve around the purchasing of goods and services; art in today’s society takes on this role of being a good and/or service that people can either purchase directly, or covet aesthetically, which essentially stays in our subconscious and influences our aesthetically-based consumer choices in the future.

The objects available at J.STANTON, INC. are produced for the modern world, where art, object, consumerism and society are one in the same, and they are all relatively useless and meaningless (although highly aesthetic and desired).

J. Stanton is a printmaker, illustrator, and general producer of objects and statements. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alberta, and is involved with the Society of Northern-Alberta Print Artists in Edmonton.

Press

Andrea Carson, Edmonton: Surveillance and Shopping as Art. View on Canadian Art, Thursday August 6th, 2009

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