Ben Rak: Hoot-Dash Views - Art Collector

  Ben Rak, City Views (Melbourne), 2015. Acrylic silkscreen on composite aluminium, 50 x 100cm, ed. of 1. Courtesy: the artist and Gallerysmith Project Space

   For the past several years, Ben Rak’s practice has explored the ways a consumer culture interacts with different aspects of every day life. Past projects have explored the relationship between consumerism and identity, sub-cultural affiliations, mass production, housing and domestic purchasing.

In Rak’s work, images are constructed through the printed grid of the barcode; the ubiquitous symbol of consumerism. They are transformed into a culturally significant pattern that repeats itself like cultural currency, translating complex cultural systems to a simplified version that are easy to digest. This transformation suggests an assimilation into one true culture, an order that seems to embody all people – consumer culture.

Rak’s work is created across a diverse range of media, mostly those based on printmaking techniques. Many of these techniques were initially developed as commercial production processes. The artist’s intention is to leverage their commercial aspect to further the conceptual rational of the content.

Exhibition opens: 4-6pm Saturday 18 April 2015
Exhibition closes: 2 May 2015
Location: Gallerysmith Project Space, Level 1, 170 Abbotsford Street North Melbourne VIC 3051

Contact: 03 9329 1860

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