These deceptively decorative works critique the conventions and implied values of the classic bourgeois interior.
The spectacle can be found on every screen that you look at. It is the advertisements plastered on the subway and the pop-up ads that appear in your browser.
CHICAGO — Simone de Beauvoir once said, “Buying is a profound pleasure.” To shop, to consume, to purchase a new look even if it’s temporary — an air of satisfaction accompanies that moment of credit card swiping, or handing over that stack of Ben Franklins.
Artists Stephanie Rothenberg and Dan S. Wang’s Beijing-based Journey West Travel Office is both performance and installation, a blend of “fake real” that explores tourism, mass culture and “the aesthetics of America’s parking lots.”