Times, March 7, 2003
Through boom and bust, consumerism moves right along, an economic reality and a global state of mind. And it's the subject of this well-selected group show, organized by Jonathan Allen, which indicates in no uncertain terms that products and ideologies alike are for sale.
On the fashion front, for example, there is a handbag collection by the artists Cheryl Yun, each custom purse made from recent newspaper phtographs of international war and violence. And in the housewares department, one can choose among Margarita Cabrera's soft sculpture sweat shop versions of kitchen appliances and politically infected items for the home – ranging from Bush vs. Gore towels to a John Ashcroft snowglobe – by the design team of Ligorano/Reese.
Advertising is, as always, a ubiquitious, if half-hidden, persuader. Paintings by Miguel Lucien tease racist messages out of vintage packaging labels. Heidi Cody disguises fast-food logos as modernist abstractions. David Opdyke sends inventively twisted campaign slogans – "Support Trent Nader" – "Elect Hillary Renquist"– floating into the sunset in his video "Patriotic Shuffle."
Finally the collective called Associated Artists for Propaganda Research offers a slice of Hollywood-worthy fiction in the form of a tabletop-size model depicting the crash, from causes unknown, of Air Force One. Like all of the work in the show, the work is for sale. And the beat goes on.