Artist James Ostrer is a contemporary artist and photographer who uses his work to comment on popular culture.
Gaining a captive audience with his controversial 'Wotsit All About' series- which involved his sitters covered in masks and layers of cream and cheese frosting, which unsurprisingly provoked debate on the relationship consumers have with junk food. Interestingly this is a hot topic with the government at the moment, as only this week added a sugar tax to help prevent over consumption.
His latest show is also an interpretation of global corporate puppetry. He has created life size effigies mimicking well known celebrities using fish and meat for anonymity; With the results producing a surreal and nightmarish commentary on our senses, set to make us think, and think again- all is not what it seems, however great your profile is!
It is common knowledge that celebs are used by brands to sell goods, but Ostrer wants to highlight the dishonesty of the corporations, and has chosen to showcase 'glorified' celebrities as contrived icons- not the smooth, sauve and sophisticated product that we are force fed to believe. .
The Ego System is coming soon to Gazelli House Art Gallery.
Article by Sara Darling
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