Bernie Slater grew up in the heady days of Canberra’s DIY punk scene. He draws on this influence in his current occupations as visual artist, educator and collaborator with the Culture Kitchen art collective (more on this in What’s in a name). Bernie travelled with us to Timor-Leste and Yogyakarta and produced large-scale print works that have since been exhibited in Dili, Canberra, London and New York. We are looking forward to catching up with Bernie and students from the Canberra Institute of Technology when they come to Yogya to explore the art world and be inspired.
Bernie has produced some recent work that puts food at the forefront of some uncomfortable questions about our consumerist culture. This is what he has to say:
I like to make artworks about consumption and culture. Often the food we consume (or the food we are urged to consume) can operate as broad analogy for our culture. When you look at how mass produced food is marketed, so much of it draws on ego, desire, convenience and decadence (“because you’re worth it”). How much of this rubs of on our perception of ourselves or our culture? We’re familiar with aphorisms such as “You are what you eat’” or “garbage in, garbage out”. Same goes for culture.