Cookie Gate at Ellis King

Lizzi Bougatsos - Untitled, 2012

Artists: Kari Altmann, Gretchen Bender, boychild, Lizzi Bougatsos, Mathis Collins, Kate Cooper, Natalie Dray, Jack Early, Elif Erkan, Awol Erizku, Ryan Estep, Gina Folly, Timothy Furey, Louisa Gagliardi, Thea Govorchin, Daiga Grantina, May Hands, Fiona Hallinan, Bernhard Hegglin, Zak Kitnick, Melanie Matranga, Flavio Merlo, Adriana Minoliti, Ebecho Muslimova, Oisin O’Brien, Grear Patterson, Billy Rennekamp, Emanuel Rossetti, Eoghan Ryan, Yves Scherer, Stefan Tcherepnin, Amalia Ulman

Exhibition title: Cookie Gate

Venue: Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland

Date: July 10 – August 15, 2015

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Ellis King, Dublin

Cookie Gate considers the practices of artists exploring notions of consumerism, mainstream advertising, mass media production and its inherent infiltration into our daily lives. This exhibition inspects the continuing investigation of the role of the artist in this contemporary climate, narrowing its focus on visceral communication and the dissemination of information, and indeed the vicissitudes of such undertaking.

In our hyper consumer oriented society, we are progressively bombarded with ideas and perceptions of what we want or need through mass media. The apparent need to represent ourselves with certain identifying material objects and to categorise ourselves via the individuals with whom we associate often comes directly from suggestions in advertisements and digital culture. Often we don’t even know what we want until we see it on TV, online, in a magazine, in the window of a store, in people’s home’s or even on their body. We continually turn to advertising, the very source of the production of desire, to discover and determine our passions; from extremes of realism or glorified fantasy.

Consumption presents a cyclical phenomenon; the more we consume, the more we crave consumption. We are always searching for what’s missing. We are never quite satisfied. This increase in consumption can become an addiction. Corporations, brand names, and images become rituals, obsessions, and diversions. Consumption is made all but too easy.

Cookie Gate comments on the methodologies employed in terms of how an artist can effectively and efficiently communicate with one’s audience, and will peer deeper into the transparency or, indeed, opacity of this pre-engagement; deliberate, passive, or otherwise. In this respect, information promulgation is not always clear, not always direct, and can become easily distorted through the artist’s chosen medium and channels of communication. This bi-polarity, manifesting itself in these presented artistic forms and their inherent elusory foci, lead us to question both the functionality and the capacity of the artist’s role in the information-overloaded milieu of our present.

Sometimes we go shopping to buy mere necessities, other times we are looking to fulfill a deficiency or to reward ourselves for all our ‘hard’ work. Sometimes we just want a cookie. Can I have another?

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Zak Kitnick - Courses of Action (2_3 Apple, 1_3 Bread), 2013 _ Courses of Action (2_3 Cheese, 1_3 Apple), 2013 (a)

Zak Kitnick, Courses of Action (2/3 Apple, 1/3 Bread), 2013

Jack Early - Fig Yoko, 2012 _ Banana Yoko, 2012 _ Honeydew Yoko, 2012 (a)

Jack Early, Fig Yoko, 2012, Banana Yoko, 2012, Honeydew Yoko, 2012

Timothy Furey - Untitled, 2015

Timothy Furey, Untitled, 2015

Eoghan Ryan - Are you trying to making me say the word_, 2015 _ (we found) a chisel in the hip (hurts) 2015

Eoghan Ryan, Are you trying to making me say the word?, 2015, (we found) a chisel in the hip (hurts) 2015

Eoghan Ryan - (we found) a chisel in the hip (hurts) 2015

Eoghan Ryan, (we found) a chisel in the hip (hurts), 2015

Elif Erkan - Standards for Living, 2015

Elif Erkan, Standards for Living, 2015

Ryan Estep - 1.15.15 _ 1.16.15 _ 1.17.15 _ 1.18.15 _ 1.19.15 _ 1.20.15 _ 1.21.15 _ 1.22.15

Ryan Estep, 1.15.15, 1.16.15, 1.17.15, 1.18.15, 1.19.15, 1.20.15, 1.21.15, 1.22.15

Melanie Matranga - Reset, 2015

Melanie Matranga, Reset, 2015

Melanie Matranga - Reset again, 2015

Melanie Matranga, Reset again, 2015

Natalie Dray - Triphosphor blush T8 (pink caprice), 2015 _ Triphosphor blush T8 (pink caprice), 2015

Natalie Dray, Triphosphor blush T8 (pink caprice), 2015

Natalie Dray - 6 sheet, 2014 _ 6 sheet, 2014

Natalie Dray, 6 sheet, 2014

Adriana Minoliti - Sexy, 2015

Adriana Minoliti, Sexy, 2015

Flavio Merlo - Untitled (complacent components), 2015

Flavio Merlo, Untitled (complacent components), 2015

boychild - Patrick (unbound), 2015

boychild, Patrick (unbound), 2015

boychild - Wu (threshold), 2015

boychild, Wu (threshold), 2015

Kate Cooper - Rigged, V1

Kate Cooper, Rigged,V1

Emanuel Rossetti - Untitled Filmstill, 2015

Emanuel Rossetti, Untitled Filmstill, 2015

Kari Altmann - Stretch Flex and Xtend, 2015

Kari Altmann, Stretch Flex and Xtend, 2015

Daiga Grantina - ЯschlepR, 2015

Daiga Grantina, ЯschlepR, 2015

Bernhard Hegglin - Pitch, 2015

Bernhard Hegglin, Pitch, 2015

Fiona Hallinan - Pendants, 2015

Fiona Hallinan, Pendants, 2015

Thea Govorchin - The angel of love smiles at you, 2015

Thea Govorchin, The angel of love smiles at you, 2015

Stefan Tcherepnin - Cuddle Monster, 2014

Stefan Tcherepnin, Cuddle Monster, 2014

Stefan Tcherepnin - Cuddle Monster, 2014 (detail)(a)

Stefan Tcherepnin, Cuddle Monster, 2014 (detail)

Grear Patterson - Atlanta,2015

Grear Patterson, Atlanta, 2015

Yves Scherer - Frutis Hardcore (Gel 1), 2014

Yves Scherer, Frutis Hardcore (Gel 1), 2014

Awol Erizku - Oh what a feeling, aw, fuck it, I want a Trillion, 2015

Awol Erizku, Oh what a feeling, aw, fuck it, I want a Trillion, 2015

Bernhard Hegglin - Best Moment of my Life, 2015

Bernhard Hegglin, Best Moment of my Life, 2015

Gina Folly - Life, 2014 _ Untitled, 2015

Gina Folly, Life, 2014

Gina Folly - Life, 2014 - Untitled, 2015 (detail)

Gina Folly, Life, 2014 (detail)

Amalia Ulman - Untitled (Safety Net), 2014

Amalia Ulman, Untitled (Safety Net), 2014

Gretchen Bender - Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, 1988 _ Top Dog, 1988

Gretchen Bender, Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, 1988, Top Dog, 1988

Mathis Collins - Self-portrait low on spirit, 2015

Mathis Collins, Self-portrait low on spirit, 2015

Mathis Collins - Self-portrait low on spirit, 2015 (detail)

Mathis Collins, Self-portrait low on spirit, 2015 (detail)

Louisa Gagliardi - Gill, 2015

Louisa Gagliardi, Gill, 2015

May Hands - Picolito Skittles (Orange, Blue and Green), 2015

May Hands, Picolito Skittles (Orange, Blue and Green), 2015

Billy Rennekamp - FTW #14 (Writ Does Not Run), 2015 _ FTW #6 (Stomping Divots), 2015 _ FTW #4 (Hometown Pry, 2015

Billy Rennekamp, FTW #14 (Writ Does Not Run), 2015, FTW #6 (Stomping Divots), 2015, FTW #4 (Hometown Pry), 2015

Oisin O'Brien - Optimum Performance, 2013

Oisin O’Brien, Optimum Performance, 2013

Ebecho Muslimova - Untitled, 2015 (a)

Ebecho Muslimova, Untitled, 2015

EPSON MFP image

Ebecho Muslimova, Untitled, 2015

Ebecho Muslimova - Untitled, 2015 (c)

Ebecho Muslimova, Untitled, 2015

Ebecho Muslimova - Untitled, 2015 (d)

Ebecho Muslimova, Untitled, 2015

Lizzi Bougatsos - Untitled, 2012

Lizzi Bougatsos, Untitled, 2012

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