Whilst I was in Singapore, I had the chance to head to Kult Gallery (I’ll be writing more about Kult and Singapore in my next few Sojourn posts) – and It just so happened that on the day I visited, Ben Frost was busy setting up for his first solo exhibition in Singapore.
From the press release for the show …
"Australian pop artist Ben Frost presents an exhibition of new artworks exploring our society’s obsession and relationship with mass-consumerism.
Painting directly onto fast food and pharmaceutical packaging, Frost asks us to look twice at the products we have grown to love – and also grown an addiction for.
From McDonald’s french fry packages adorned with skulls and praying families, to Simpsons characters painted onto Viagra boxes, he presents a humorous and often challenging reflection of western culture.
"Advertising is a drug," Frost says.
"A perfectly designed drug that keeps us dazed, confused and focused on the product at hand. We’ve formed an exuberant addiction to carefully designed colour combinations, cartoon character associations and dynamic buzz words that promise us the world – but deliver us much less."
By taking the packaging of these products and adding his own elements, Frost recontextualizes their messages into more interesting, challenging and subversive meanings."
Ben Frosts work is a unique commentary on our times – taking popular icons and meshing them in juxtaposition with every day foibles and pharmaceuticals, the resulting work adheres to Frosts ongoing pursuit to expose propaganderous postulations in our modern world.
Take a look at the rest of the photographs of both Bens work and the exhibition opening at Kult Gallery below (provided to us by Kult themselves!)