The Homefront Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Hidemi Takagi.
February 12 – April 9, 2011
Special gallery hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Saturday February 12,
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Known for her bright and saturated images of immigrant food products collected from different boroughs in New York City, Takagi transforms the gallery space into an absorbing environment of curious consumer items from home and abroad. Combining framed photographs of food packages with the actual products, her installation presents us with the cultural images and objects of consumption.
For this exhibition, Takagi’s photographs and collected items are displayed on the walls and on shelves thus altering our everyday perception of these food products. An ice cream cart and newsstand featuring products will recreate the context of a store. Takagi’s artistic practice is formulated as part of a larger project called “Blender,” which draws upon the abundance and diversity of New York City culture. The artist writes of her work: “The packaging of these products is a form of art that tells stories and helps remind people that their culture is alive.” For viewers, the outmoded look of these food packages evokes nostalgia and brand recognition. Using the language of advertising, Takagi articulates the relationship between photography, symbol and memory.
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