Nasher Sculpture Center 360 Speaker Series: Kathryn Andrews
Los Angeles-based artist Kathryn Andrews mines the American cultural landscape to investigate relationships between popular culture and power structures, in particular how images and brands are used to establish authority. Addressing the current climate at the onset of the November election, the artist’s Nasher exhibition, Kathryn Andrews: Run for President, loosely weaves together narratives around historic and imaginary candidates, the campaign trail, sitting in office and the end of the presidential term.
Andrews examines how image producers such as artists, corporations, Hollywood studios, and politicians who mirror and shape social values at large - employ visual cues and material packaging to elicit desire. In doing so, she often calls attention to our power, or lack of power, to resist such forces and the complicated act of looking itself. Her sculptures, installations, and performances sample the aesthetics of pop art, minimalism, and conceptualism as readymades, and re-inscribes them into new narratives about gender, class, and race.