Ken Villa Players and Pushers, Pushers and Players
Brenda May Gallery, Sydney
for The Gay Games
“Whose God?’ K. Villa asks, ‘Is it you? Is it the American flag? Is it terror as commodity?’
This exhibition demands that we as viewers look at the cut of our ideological straitjackets, the suite of assumptions and beliefs we often carry unquestioningly, as though they were ‘truths’ to live by. He demands that we reflect on how we assist, and perhaps not resist the production of meaning in an age where fear is manufactured in lieu of hope.
American born Australian artist Ken Villa’s new media installation, Players and Pushers, Pushers and Players, is a meditation on an American mass media production of meaning and terror in our lives post September 11th. As the curator Brenda May says of Villa’s work, ‘Fear and ignorance have always been extremely successful tools of manipulation, particularly when the agenda is hidden and the purpose unclear, Ken creates a stage of meanings, one where the consumer is both a player and a pusher’.