Meg Mosley, Untitled, 2013. Courtesy the artist
Meg Mosley, #mylife, 2013. Installation View, Photo: thisistomorrow.info. Courtesy of the Artist
Project Space: Meg Mosley
13 May - 31 August 2013
Jerwood Visual Arts presented a new body of work titled #mylife by Wiltshire-based artist Meg Mosley. This solo presentation featured two films; Agog, The Grandmother Diaries and a film about Meg’s alter ego, Megastar, entitled, #mylife. The exhibition will also include the launch of her online music video, which will take place during the course of the exhibition.
Mosley’s work explores the documentary format and how stories can be manipulated, published and spread through the internet. Her projects often involve her family and friends as source material, as well as engaging local communities who participate as part of large-scale, orchestrated, performances and gatherings. These events are normally organised through social media channels and are then retold and re-presented through narrated video documentary.
The films on display in the Jerwood Visual Arts Project Space attempt to explore issues to do with belonging in two distinct areas of influence; the understanding of the love, friendship and family life and the trials of ageing; and the influences that reality television, glossy magazines and short-lived ‘celebrity’ fame has on those who live in ordinary towns, in this case the town of Trowbridge (Trow Vegas) in Wiltshire.
Agog: The Grandmother Diaries is a documentary record of Mosley’s relationship with her grandmother, offering an intimate and rare insight into the granddaughter-grandmother relationship. In this work, the artist explores her grandmother’s belief that glamour represents a form of empowerment. The film is an interplay of humour and reflection. Through the course of this film, the artist and her grandmother engage in a series of parties, holidays and photo-shoots that are inspired by her grandmother’s glamorous past and lust for life.
The second film #mylife, is presented as a TV reality show that sees the artist travel to Las Vegas in search of the glamour and extravagance that is used as a reference point in her home town. This two year project is the culmination of a study of glamour in its contemporary guise and resulted in the ‘birth’ of Meg’s alter ego, Megastar. Mosley uses different media, including video, photography and film, to record a wide range of interactions. In doing so, she teases out the joy and pathos in examples of contemporary culture and takes her home town of Trowbridge on an adventure inspired by the glitzy constructed world of Las Vegas.
During the exhibition Mosley will launch an exclusive music video online which was shot in her home town of Trowbridge and will be shown on YouTube. Please visit the Jerwood Visual Arts website for further details.
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Image: Meg Mosley, Untitled, 2013. Courtesy the artist