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BARBARA KRUGER

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The juxtaposition of word and image in Barbara Kruger's highly recognizable work is derived from twelve years as a designer and photo editor for Conde Nast publications. Short, pithy caption-like copy is scattered over fragmented and enlarged photographs appropriated from various media. Usually declarative or accusatory in tone, these phrases posit an opposition between the pronouns "you" and "we," which satirically refer to "men" and "women." These humorous works suspend the viewer between the fascination of the image and the indictment of the text while reminding us that language and its use within culture to construct and maintina proverbs, jobs, jokes, myths, and history reinforce the interests and perspective of those who control it ((Day 69). (--Cf. John Berger's Ways of Seeing Chap 3.; Craig Owen, "The Discourse of Others," The Anti-Aesthetic. Ed. Hal Foster. pp.

 

 

 

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sure that's a very small sample of her work,

but it seems like clip art and 'cut and paste' cliches to me.

 

not my style.

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I just did a quick check on google to see when her work was done and it sems to be early 80s. In that case i can appreciate what she was doing. but if it was being produced now, it would say it is cliche and overdone.

 

i say this because to me the early 80s represents the golden age of media brainwashing (for lack of a better word). the general population was not as aware of the media juggernaut as it is now, so that would make her work very edgy and hold alot of value when it comes to dissecting what was being pushed upon the general public.

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