James Oster's Wotsit All About are the imagined result of corrupted globalization and increasingly dangerous methods of food production. A glimpse into a post apocolyptic world which has been destroyed by mass production, he encourages us to question the decisions that are made for us: Wotsit all about? We are asking ourselves, "When can I have some cake?"
The works are feverishly and painstakingly created tableaus with layers of sweets and foodstuffs being applied to a human subject, often the artist himself, which, when staged, are photographed and patterned for re-consumption through the distribution of photographic practice. Speaking largely on the twentieth and twenty first centuries’ dietary concerns and sugar’s uncomfortable place within this, Ostrer’s photographs conjure metaphorical allegories as Ketchup flows as tears down frosted cheeks and Kit Kats’ mouths bark back with menacing grimaces. This adornment becomes a mask of what we eat which then becomes entwined with a hyper-pop sensibility and an obsequious inquiry into the great volumes of sugar that flow through our bodies.
James Oster "Wotsit All About?"
Gazelli Art House, London
July 31 - October 11th, 2014