Exhibition of the week: Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years, ICA, London SW1
Zoe Pilger is an art critic for The Independent and winner of the 2011 Frieze International Writers Prize. Her first novel, Eat My Heart Out, will be published by Serpent's Tail in February 2014. She is also researching a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, on the subject of romantic love and sadomasochism in the work of contemporary female artists. She has appeared on BBC's The Review Show and Sky News
Friday 12 April 2013
Founded in 1994, their oeuvre spanning fashion, literature, film, and installation, the New York artists' collective Bernadette Corporation plays with ideas of commerce and subversion.
This first UK retrospective is maddening and fun. Mannequins are positioned throughout the exhibition, wearing "reconstructed" outfits from the corporation's fashion line. It seems unclear whether their bid to subvert consumerism from within is simply another way to be cool.
This is post-post-modern: pastiche and fragmentation with a nod to political seriousness, an everything-and-nothing aesthetic, which wants it all ways.
(020 7930 3647; ica.org.uk) to 9 June
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