PROOF OF PURCHASE
Solo Exhibition, Arts&Sciences Projects, NYC / 2011
Exhibition at Arts & Sciences PROJECTS, located steps away from the Canal Street epicenter of cheap designer knock-offs, concurrently explores the allure and glamour of the luxury market while also functioning as a “safe space” for reflection and decompression for weary consumers lost in a world of GrouponsTM and all-night super sales.
Simultaneously criticizing and engaging the system, the artist’s installation, stocked with precious luxury items displayed on ready-made fixtures, functions also as a pop-up designer boutique where all is for sale, including “YOU.” D’Angelo’s sculptural works, using materials sourced primarily from established retail venues and flea markets, set an alluring backdrop for her presentation of an altered Todd Selby coffee table book and digital C-prints originating from collages of Hollywood icons and Princess Diana adorned in lavish jewelry. Branded digital lookbooks will be available to entice visitors to actively peruse D’Angelo’s merchandise, thus rendering them complicit in the desire to consume. As we dive head-on into the annual marathon of holiday shopping, “Proof of Purchase” offers timely insight into the contradictions embedded in advertising and global consumer culture.