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Julia Wachtel @ Vilma Gold Gallery
12 January 2016 - 13 February 2016
Julia Wachtel is fascinated with the visual language of mass culture. Her paintings enter into a visual language game wherein the appropriated vernacular of mass culture is illustrated, simulated, replicated, altered and parodied. The logic of this language is disturbed just enough to provoke a meditation upon the conditions of meaning intrinsic to that vernacular. In her new work, every painting includes a focal panel that explicates various notions of the representational ‘everyman’, whether through working class cartoons, or another form. Company logos, sales advertisements and the ubiquitous ‘Google Map’ image are just some of the recognisable referents that filter into Watchel’s transnational fables.