Catalyst presents SATISFIED, a solo exhibition by Vida Liu, that examines concepts of consumerism and materialism offering a journey towards finding a peaceful solution in the end. It consists of some early representational works that progress towards more recent abstract pieces.
Sea of Forms, a solo exhibition by Rina Kim, explores the phenomenon of commodity fetishism and consumer culture that relies upon material objects to instigate and construct relationships between people. As social relations are constantly being mediated and expressed through trades and exchanges of commodities, the true use-value of things becomes obstructed and forgotten. This body of work aims to reverse the impulse for constantly pursuing material goods, and rather, direct consumers towards establishing human relations organically.
"Legendary filmmaker Agnes Varda takes digital camcorder in hand and roams about the French countryside in search of "gleaners." An age-old practice, as depicted in Millet's famous painting, performed traditionally by peasant women, gleaners scavenged the remains of a crop after the harvest. Varda finds their modern-day equivalent collecting rejected potatoes outside of Lyon, fallen apples in Provence, and refuse in the markets of Paris. Along the way, she talks to a man sporting yellow rubber boots who has lived on trash for ten years, a gourmet chef who gleans for his restaurant, a homeless doctorate in biology who teaches literacy courses to immigrants for free, a couple of artists who use trash in their work, and the grandson of early cinema innovator Étienne-Jules Marey. Along the way, Varda discusses heart-shaped potatoes, big trucks on the highway, the waste of consumerism, and the ravages of time." -Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide