metaconsumer

 

Liz Rywelski (1980) NY, USA

 

Identity– how buying makes me who I imagine myself to be.

 

That is the core idea related to all of the performances I write and produce.
Shopping is my practice and buying is my process.
My products resemble the goods, services, and bi-products of consumption and they are collectively titled metaconsumer.

 

 A metaconsumer is a person who uses consumption as a means to comment on or question consumption.

 

Metaconsumer’s self-consciously assemble the goods, services, performativities, and representations– language, image, and data– of consumption.
Metaconsumer’s transform their assemblages into aestheticized and/or politicized objects, concepts, and/or activities that redirect
and reorient the participants understanding of, and relationship to, consumption and the world(s) it creates.

 

The images, texts, and links collected here are re-presentations of the metaconsumer, performance and products from 2002-present.

 

Products can be seen and/or experienced by scheduling a studio visit, attending an exhibition, participating in a performance, and by arranging a purchase or commission.

 

Featured Works:

PORTRAITS series (2002-2010); THE SEPTA LETTERS (2002-2004); THE GIVEAWAY (2003); MONEY ME (2008); TIME SHARE (2009); THE RE-GIFT (2010); SUITE 6 (2011); SOFT-SCI FICTION(2010); FLOWER ONE (2011); RETURN POLICY series (2011-2014) ; POP UP SHOPS (2011-2014); SOCIAL SERVICE MERCHANDISE (2011); HAND HELD SHOPPER (2012); UNTITLED (2013), CHECKOUT (2013); and RETURN POLICY exhibition (2013); MALL WALK (2013)

Select Exhibitions:

DISPLACEMENT: BARGE PROTOTYPE, Burchfield Penney Art Center 2014; RETURN POLICY, UB Anderson Gallery; LIKEARTBASEL, curated by Ryder Ripps at Workshop Collective, Miami FL; Suite 6 Portraits Series, presented by Dis Magazine, April 2011; Getting Closer: intimacy in the digital age, curated by Lindsay Howard at Fe Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh PA; Little Warsaw, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia PA; Vernacular Spectacular, keynote by John Waters at UPENN; and exhibiting internationally with Space 1026 Art Collective in P4 Urban Edge, Milan Italy; , 96 Gillespie, London UK; and independently in the 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Istanbul, Turkey, and Tehran, Iran.

Currently lives in Buffalo, NY USA, and travels for work selling media for a private company.

 

 

 

 

cover image from Suite 6 in collaboration with Logan White, a L.A. based photographer.