May 16, 2013 by: Dom
Gerald Mead writes in ARTVOICE, Issue v12n20 (05/16/2013):
Return Policy by Liz Rywelski, on view through May 24 at the UB Anderson Gallery, is an extraordinary example of one those MFA thesis exhibitions that you should make a point to see. This exceptionally well conceived, diverse body of work occupies the entire second floor of the gallery. Rywelski is a native of Long Island who studied and worked in Philadelphia before coming to UB in 2010. The focus of her work over several years is deceptively simple. All of her photographs, large-scale prints, web-based media, games and performances reference shopping, or more accurately, the “culture of consumerism.”
What is so fascinating about the artist’s multi-disciplinary investigation into this subject is how Rywelski has thoroughly analyzed the strategies and “visual language” of consumerism and used that language to introduce a dialogue about how we construct our own identities. The notion that “buying makes us who we imagine ourselves to be” is a very fertile subject and Rywelski explores that concept with insight and wit.
Return Policy runs throung May 19 at the UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place.