Organized in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles, and curated by Michele Bury, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills, “Subvertisements: Using Ads and Logos for Protest,” an exhibit of 90 posters where logos and ads are visually subverted, opens March 9 at the University Art Gallery and will run through April 13.
“Subvertisements” turns corporate identity on its head, subverting popular imagery associated with a brand and forcing viewers to consider broader social and political issues in today’s culture. Images in the exhibit–created by artists from across the globe–include the famous iPod ad reimaged as a statement against torture in Abu Ghraib prison, or the insecticide “Raid” as an anti-immigrant spray, “Fraid.”
Also, on display will be the “Student Showcase: Design” exhibition, which will include 60 brilliantly colored posters students in Bury’s Art 342-Design Conceptualization class designed using the “Subvertisements” theme.
The opening reception takes place on Wednesday, March 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In conjunction with the reception, a conversation with Carol A. Wells, executive director for the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, will take place at 6 p.m.
“Subvertisements: Using Ads and Logos for Protest” at CSU Dominguez Hills is produced by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, CA.
Presentation of this exhibit at the University Art Gallery is sponsored by the Instructionally Related Activities Committee of the Associated Students, Inc., CSU Dominguez Hills.
The exhibition continues through April 13, but will be dark during Spring Break, March 28-April 2. Admission is free to all gallery events. The gallery, located in La Corte Hall A107, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The campus is located at 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson near the junction of the Harbor, Artesia and San Diego freeways. Visitor parking permits may be purchased for $4.00 at the yellow dispensing machines at the front of each campus lot.
For images or more information on the Subvertisements exhibit visit www.politicalgraphics.org.
For images from the Student Showcase, visit www.flickr.com/photos/36175009@N04/galleries/72157625944550731
For information on the gallery, call (310) 243-3334 or visit http://cah.csudh.edu/art_gallery.