Conspicuous Consumption Exhibition
The Conspicuous Consumption Exhibition at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, California from September 15th to October 20th 2007. The show included one miniature building, six large new paintings and one hundred and one smaller ones. Each six-inch square small painting was packaged in a plastic bag with a header card and mounted pegboard-style on the wall, perfect for the conspicuous consumption theme.
Shag worked with the massively talented Bamboo Ben to produce a miniature mid-century modern building called An Aesthetic Instruction in Conspicuous Consumption. This building was exhibited again the following year in the Art Shack Exhibition. Here are photos of the construction
The house was popular with both adults attending the Conspicuous Consumption Exhibition and with their children.
The two largest paintings in the exhibition are acrylic paint on canvas and both eight feet wide. The paintings were sold for $36,000 USD each.
Four acrylic paint on panel original paintings were shown at the exhibition. The Bear of the Ball sold for $12,000 USD, Lady Prometheus sold for $9,500 USD, Lady Z sold for $10,000 USD, and The Mentalist sold for $10,000 USD.
The 101 small paintings measure six inches by six inches and cost $999.99 USD each. The paintings were contained in a small plastic bag on a header card with the name printed onto it. The bags were mounted pegboard-style on the wall, similar to a wholesale store. These shrink wrapped products fit well into the Conspicuous Consumption Exhibition theme and all the paintings sold out quickly. It is interesting to note that the exhibition raised just under $214,500 USD from the sale of the original paintings plus the funds from the sale of limited edition prints.
The six inch square ‘Genuine Shag Paintings’ were as follows:
The exhibition also included several limited edition prints.
And some gallery shots to finish, showing the framing and a happy Josh Agle.