PRIVATE VIEW: THURSDAY 12th MAY 6.30 - 8.30 PM
For her second solo show at Paradise Row, Diann Bauer turns the rhetorical excess of extreme-cum-mainstream contemporary political discourse back on itself. Using wall painting and a series of near illegible political signs and posters, Bauer ramps up the apocalyptic hysteria of right-wing libertarian movements whilst simultaneously laying-bare their proximity to left-wing traditions of protest.
The works accelerate the logic of spectacle driven politics to their maxed-out conclusion. Layering slogans from both the left and the right, Sarah Palin to The Red Army Faction, US Republican Congressmen to The Unabomber to The Invisible Committee; interlacing text and image, one sees the very principles of Western society being torn apart and mashed up, used and abused, regardless of their political thrust. Hit 'em where is hurts; the enemy is everything that might happen.