SITUATION #103: Felicity Hammond, Capital Growth, 2015


Fotomuseum Winterthur

Capital Growth, inkjet print, wooden construction, 2015 © Felicity Hammond

In reference to the unending number of walls surrounding construction sites and the large-format advertising surfaces in public space that bear promises of a utopian tomorrow, Felicity Hammond creates her own dys/functional visual worlds through the use of collage. Like artists associated with the Pictures Generation, such as Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer and Mark Tansey, Hammond expresses herself through the visual language of advertising and transposes the postmodern discourse on images into the current era. Her apocalyptically charged images that recall historical paintings cleverly assume the form of their surroundings, asserting themselves in a context. They have a carrier medium and are based on a certain materiality. Through their sheer size they overwhelm viewers and make use of a range of compositional tricks to create an overpowering effect. Capital Growth sends an ambivalent message: the work promises growth but shows decay; the installation refers to concrete places while allowing indistinct objects to sink into them like quicksilver.

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A cooperation with the Link Art Center.

Kindly supported by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

Cluster: Post Fail