I happen to be sitting on a lake in Massachusetts, a stones throw from Plimouth Plantation, the historical village and community of probably poorly paid actors posing as our founding fathers, and just received Lauren Jack’s notice of her upcoming show. I was amused to see that one of her images was taken at the Plantation. In the Age of Plastic, Lauren’s new show about reinterpreted history, just opened at the Cush Salon in Los Angeles.
“How will future generations throughout time remember us in history? How do we remember past historic moments and figures? We are the Age of Plastic, represented by something that is truly genius and yet brittle and without character. What does the term “plastic” mean and say about our society? What associations do we make when confronted by the term ‘plastic’? By exploring different representations of historic imagery, and reinterpreting them, my goal is to show what exactly it means to be labeled as an age or era. By adding elements of plastic into my work, I wanted to reinterpret history by projecting our own age onto it. Plastic itself is a representation of the detachment today’s society has from nature and from the cultural environments that we have created and then fell from. By creating and photographing historical periods with the use of plastic I am trying to show that separation as well as explore our views of historic representation.”
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