Fashion + Art = 7 For
This Saturday 17 October, Atlanta artists Ben Roosevelt and Stan Woodard are making an intervention into 7 For All Mankind’s Lenox Square Mall store. Drawing and commenting on the commercial and sensory elements of the ‘mall experience,’ the artists are creating new works which seek to quietly infiltrate the world of the shopper.
Ben Roosevelt has created a new set of images based on surveillance
photos in Lenox Square itself. In a limited edition of modified
All Mankind bags, Roosevelt has altered them with scenes of innocuous
Stan Woodard creates a similar paradox, but here more directly confronts the commercial context of the exhibition. Woodard presents a line of faux-jewelry and home accessories which are well suited for their surroundings. These are labeled and productized, but his merchandise is rusty nails, battered metal discs, and hunks of concrete. Woodard attempts a wry double-take, commenting on the process of commodification - whether in ‘life’ or ‘art’- that directly involves both the artist and the viewer, where discarded, forgotten, non-art materials can be presented as crafted artifacts and enter into the commercial sphere.
Chris Fite-Wassilak, Curator. October 10, 2009