The Velvet Rope
Inspired by photomontage icons, from Angus McBean to the Stenberg brothers, Velvet Rope.
leads us through a disturbing landscape, scarred by hidden dereliction and poverty, thinly masked by cultured disguises. With mainstream media obsessed with carefully stage-managed celebrity and spectacle, these prints scratch away at the surface exposing everyday alienations and cultural identities split between the desired and the undesirable.
The most urgent questions asked by Velvet Rope surround a visual culture of privilege, which tells us Don't look at that, Look at this - but don't touch, you're excluded. A symbol of elitism, velvet rope tells us to covet, but no trespassing, as surely as barbed wire tells us private property, nothing to see here, keep out!