L U X U R Y: Vanessa Cornell
MFA Thesis Exhibition
May 6 to May 9, 2015
Closing Reception: Saturday May 9, 1-4pm
L U X U R Y examines Cornell’s ongoing exploration of conspicuous consumption, commodity fetishism, spectacle, display and desire. What started out as a simple observation, Cornell asserts the basic notion of people walking around with luxury brand paper shopping bags became a major catalyst in her artistic practice.
In Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle, he surmises that it (spectacle) is composed of “not [as] a collection of images, but a social relation among people, mediated by images.” Considering this concept, Cornell explores the notion that in the context of value, the paper shopping bag can be more important than it’s contents. Furthermore, sometimes a shape, specific colour, or the mere notion that it is paper finds it way into the upper echelon. Beyond paper shopping bags, Cornell questions what luxury represents and why specific luxury objects hold such cache.
Cornell grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, one of which owned a women’s clothing boutique and from a very young age she was aware that certain things were sought after, more often than not due to the brands image. However, it was not until she had witnessed similar trends in varying cities around the globe that it became apparent; the world has a taste for luxury, you just need to know where to look.
Vanessa Cornell attained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in 2009 and has since participated in exhibitions nationally and internationally – showing in commercial spaces, artist-run centres and public art galleries, most recently in a group exhibition at The Gladstone Hotel, as part of the Graduate Program of Communication and Culture Conference at Ryerson and York Universities in 2015, titled Thresholds: Presence, Absence, and Territory. As well as a solo exhibition titled Sumptuous Obsessionsat the Thames Art Gallery in 2014.
Cornell completed a printmaking residency at Mahasarakham University, Thailand in 2012 and an internship at the White Cube Gallery, London, UK in 2013, prior to commencing her MFA graduate studies at the University of Windsor.