DARREN SYLVESTER

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8th April - NGV Australia visit

As part of our Folio class today we visited Darren Sylvester's exhibition at NGV Australia. 

The work is very commercial, but plays on the fact that we are all part of a consumerist culture. 

The most interesting piece in the exhibit was the tv showing a kid, surrounded by Pikachu toys, lamps, bed covers etc in his bedroom, who then goes to sleep to and iTunes screensaver meant to keep him awake. It was played on a CRT tv which enhanced the strobing effect. 

This piece was based on a news story about a Pokemon episode which sent nearly 700 Japanese kids to the hospital with issues such as blurred vision, headaches, nausea, and some even passed out. 

I didn't love the exhibition, mainly because it's just not my style. I wouldn't buy a piece to have in my loungeroom. Although as Kristian says it could be a good investment to have in the garage and sell 20 years later. 

Image above from https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/art-and-design/article/we-ate-fake-fast-food-with-darren-sylvester-inside-ngv

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