In the Gal­leries: Five Shows to See in May

Will Cox
Broadsheet, 7 May 2018
Black Riv­er Run­ning by Jan Nelson Jan Nel­son grew up in the cul­tur­al tumult of the 1970s, but this series of hyper­re­al por­traits reflect today’s inter­sec­tion of pol­i­tics and pop cul­ture. In gar­ish colours, mil­len­ni­al pre-teen girls express their iden­ti­ties through the clash of cap­i­tal­ism and an aware­ness of the system’s con­straints. One kid pos­es con­fi­dent­ly in a pink out­fit and real­ly big sun­glass­es, grip­ping her iPhone and copy of Thomas Piketty’s Cap­i­tal in the Twen­ty-First Cen­tu­ry. Some­where between kid and adult, protest and con­sumerism, these por­traits are full of irony, post­mod­ernism and empow­er­ment, all with kawaii cute­ness and irre­sistible, eye-pop­ping colour. Jan Nelson’s Black Riv­er Run­ning is at Anna Schwartz Gallery until May 26. [Excerpt] Arti­cle link: here
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