KK OUTLET GALLERY
This Gallery was a group exhibition taking its aesthetic reference from fashion shoots, but revealing a slightly more sinister side of the fashion industry. Women are often portrayed in the media as beautiful, aspirational creatures - shot under studio lights, made up by a team of experts and photoshopped almost beyond recognition. The exhibition comments on the cruel set up all women are subjected to through the media portrayal of what they'll always fail to live up to.
Here is Emily Stein's 'Selfie' showing the modern day young girl obsessed with pictures and makeup, pushing behind her teddies, and all things that signify youth, showing how girls are growing up too fast. This relates to my research on women in the media and the effects on teenage girls.
Below is a piece by Lydia Garnett, in collaboration with Lizzie King and Bean-Mhi Berriman called 'Clean Up The Crotch' to, I think, show the imperfections contrasted to the ideals of a fashion shoot, showing stained, imperfect clothes and the body not shown in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Below is another piece by Lydia Garnett, in collaboration with Lizzie King and Bean-Mhi Berriman called "we want it to be fucking perfect", highlighting the perfectionist attitude of the fashion industry and doing the complete oposite, and shoot and model they would be very unhappy with. I like the 'non-perfect' feel to the photo, and as a statement it connects well to my work.
The above shows Alison Brady's work, an artist I have been inspired to investigate further, as I love the way she is showing the suffocation of women through the traditional lace, painting on the lipstick mouth, a symbolic sexy, woman image. I aspire to create such an image, sexual, yet clearly showing the degrading way women are seen.
Above, Daniel Soares' ' Adbusting' clearly shows his take on the fashion world, with every image photoshopped beyond belief, which is an issue seriously affecting women in the 21st century, who are constantly comparing themselves and idolising these unattainable ideals, setting themselves up for failure.
Here, Aurelien Jeuner creates a series of magazine covers and edits them in her own way making a statement about the hypocrisy, or fakeness of the high fashion magazine world. I love that her work are objects, as opposed to photographs, and it was really nice seeing their composition in the flesh. She adds further dimensions to, usuallu flat, magazines, bringing them to life, witha character.
Here, Isabelle Wenzel creates 'Positions' highlighting the sometimes ridiculous fashion industry, and the focus of women as objects, as opposed to human beings. The face of each woman is never seen, highlighting the point that all identity is taken away from models in the media, and that their only worth is their body's as objects.
Yolanda Dominiguez creates 'Poses' below, I think to mimick the staged fashion world and the often ridiculous scenes models have to pose in real life streets etc. I am least fond of these photos from the Gallery, as I am not keen on the lighting and staged nature, although that is what she aimed to create.