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 works I have produced 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.

 
 Select Artist Talks:

e-flux

“Shapes and Skins: Unrealized Avatars and Alter Egos”
Monday, August 11

Artists and writers have long employed the construct of an alter ego, pen name, or other form of camouflage in order to explore outside the limits and expectations of an existing identity. The guises that these artists work under allow them to consider different facets of contemporary society within an environment increasingly infused with social media.

Chapman University, Media Course with Micol Hebron

“Character/Characterization: Performance on Social Video Platforms 2003-2013″

A 2 part presentation. First: Artist presentation and performance,  followed by a viewing of online Performance Art videos with a discussion on Social Media and Video platforms.  Next: Performance Workshops in the style of Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed

Squeaky Wheel

“Hear/Now”

Artist Presentation on work from 2002-2012

 

Private Collections:

  • Ryan Trecartin
  • Kyle Butler
  • Frank Agostino
  • Gerald Mead

 

Education:

MFA University at Buffalo 2014
BFA Moore College of Art and Design 2002

 
 
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.