Exhibition | Zara Worth: FEED | Contemporary Art at Vane | Newcastle Upon Tyne | Art Week

Zara Worth: FEED

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Thursday, 9 August 2018 to Saturday, 22 September 2018
Wednesday, 8 August 2018 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

‘FEED’ brings together a body of work created by Zara Worth since 2016. Concerned with our relationships with hand-held technology and social media, Worth’s practice has been described by curator Tyler Robarge as ‘swipe-specific’: using online culture and technology as subject and medium for artworks with on- and offline lives. Throughout the exhibition materials and methods of creative production point to themes of value, presence and self-image in the social media age. Materials such as rice paper, 23.5 carat gold, void fill, celery, and artificial roses, have symbolic and cultural value; providing metaphors through which to read online culture.

The exhibition’s title alludes to Worth’s love of wordplay and ambiguity: ‘FEED’ variously refers to social media newsfeeds, literal and metaphorical consumption, and the expression ‘feeding the beast’ – used by vloggers and bloggers to describe the voracity of online platforms. Likewise, the title of the Instagram collage series ‘Wellness’ (January, 2017) is a purposeful misinterpretation of a term associated with Instagram lifestyle trends. ‘Wellness’ appropriates images and hashtags from the platform that it critiques, playing a disassociation game between each hashtag and image, taking the viewer along a hashtag wordsnake.

References to online food and lifestyle trends such as clean eating and wellness, feature alongside references to the legacy of conceptual and performance art. Worth’s performance to video for the Instagram piece, ‘Economics of the Kitchen (an A to Z)’ (2018) echoes Martha Rosler’s, ‘Semiotics of the Kitchen’ (1975); reimagining Rosler’s work for the age of Web2.0 and #foodporn. Similarly, ‘The Artist’s Presence’ (2018), (Worth’s first Augmented Reality artwork, made with support from Ian Truelove and Field Design), explicitly references Marina Abramović’s performance ‘The Artist is Present’ (2010) in order to question notions of ‘presence’ in the digital age.

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Zara Worth was born in Harrogate in 1990 and lives and works between Gateshead, Leeds and London. She received a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Woon Art Prize the same year. In 2014 she received a scholarship to complete an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, London. Worth was shortlisted for the DepARTure Foundation Art Prize in 2012 and commissioned by Helix Arts in 2017 to produce new works also featured in this exhibition.

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Vane, First Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QE UK

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