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2002-07-12 until 2002-08-10
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Gloss is an Australia-Japan Exhibition and Magazine Project featuring an ongoing series of multi-site exhibitions and limited edition magazines. Presenting a cross-cultural, collaborative take, Gloss begins with the notion of magazine culture as a rubbery bracket encompassing a huge range of issues from local vernaculars and global flows to changing destinations and travels inbetween. Rather than using out-dated modes for rethinking and conceptualizing art practice in contemporary culture, Gloss attempts to utilise the ubiquitous and ambiguous umbrella of magazine culture in order to generate discussion, debate and a take-away glossy mag.
Magazine culture is mobile culture. Their glossy pages full of hybridised advertisements and articles purport global destinations. As you surf through the two dimensional terrain, you travel to spaces and places, fusing fashion and fad, reality and fantasy, trivial and sublime. As well as end products, the Gloss exhibitions and magazines seek to generate a series of ongoing local and international collaborations.
In this way, the project aims to broaden the boundaries of cultural exchange and to actively involve local audiences through related small-press/fanzine initiatives and satellite events.