Kristin McIver, Statement Pieces

Kristin McIver’s Statement Pieces are self referential text-based artworks proclaiming to represent nothing more than their word subjects imply. Drawing upon the writings of Jean Beaudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation, McIver’s Statement Pieces break down the illusions of social constructs fuelled by the media and advertising.

Art Exhibition previously on at James Makin Gallery in Fitzroy-Collingwood precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 04 August 2011 to Saturday 27 August 2011

The Good Life, 2011 image A Questionable Choice, 2011 image

Published by anonymous on Tuesday 26 July 2011.
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Beaudrillard proclaimed that the human experience is no longer a life lived of one’s own accord; rather we are simulating a life prescribed to us through urban indoctrination. Statement Pieces aims to break down the illusions of advertising, stripping away a bombardment of false ideals to render each aspirational statement as one and the same – mere representation.

McIver collects words and phrases from advertising, and subverts their message through context within her artworks. Your Shining Star seduces, inspires, instructs, and while on further contemplation, presents simply a neon sign, shining in fluorescent luminescence. The decadence proposed by The Good Life is rendered meaningless when juxtaposed within a knot of chains. Wishlist presents an indeterminate list of ideals, which in themselves are simply representational “wishes” eager to be satiated and replaced by the next desire.

Statement Pieces continues McIver’s investigation into desire, aspiration and consumerism in the 21st century. Through her works, the artist challenges how fundamental human needs, emotions and desires have been transformed into commodities, resulting in a society which is a simulacrum of constructed ideals.


James Makin Gallery
67 Cambridge Street
Collingwood VIC 3066