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Target Practice
  • Liz Linden
Artist: Liz Linden (PhD Candidate) 
Dates: Tuesday 10 March – Wednesday 1 April 2015
Location: TAEM Gallery, Building 25, University of Wollongong

Target Practice is an exhibition of icons, asking what these icons mean, as they are appropriated, contextualized, recontextualized, conflated, and confused in a multiplicity of cultural environments, underscoring the fluid nature of signification itself.  The exhibition consists of four artworks, ranging in medium from photography to neon to video, relating to each other through associative and metonymic transfer from artwork to artwork as each alludes to the next. 

The exhibition consists of four works: an original photograph from 2014 titled Real Aussie Sheds, two mixed-media neon signs (The Rock, 2015, and target, 2015), and a looped video titled Mmmn, no. 2 (2015).  Target Practice begins with a question about the nature of appropriation art.  Traditionally framed by the work of American art theorists from the late 1970s and early 1980s, including Douglas Crimp, Craig Owens, Rosalind Deutsche, and Hal Foster, appropriation is typically described as a semiotic engagement with signs, questioning the nature of authorship and authenticity.  The exhibition takes its title from a quote by Foster describing appropriation art as, ‘both a target and a weapon.’ 
Publication Date
March 10, 2015
Citation Information
Liz Linden. "Target Practice" (2015)
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