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Las Vegas, China
Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, California, 2005
The Same installation in a different format was exhibited at the Phoenix Gallery, NY 1999
Mixed Media Installation: photo images on silk panels using Xerox transfer, video played on analog TV
The installation depicts the conflict between a country’s desire for unique cultural identity and American cultural hegemony. This conflict is examined through a lens focused on the current struggle in China between the ideals of the Cultural Revolution and the ideals of American materialism and consumerism.
The color video of Las Vegas style neon lights was edited out of footage taken in downtown Shanghai. The silk panels were originally constructed as a part of a piece titled “Sifting”, exhibited in 1997, a year where major metropolitan areas in China were beginning to get a taste of the ideals of American materialism and consumerism. Eight years later, they are presented here in a different format, taking on a new meaning as China, according to a new survey by Ernst and Young is expected to surpass the United States to become the world’s second largest consumer of luxury goods within a decade.