Nuts Society T-Shirt Center
DateJune 8 - Sep 1, 2001
VenueWeston Art Gallery
This exhibition is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for this exhibition has been provided by Mary Baskett and City Lights Neon.
The Cincinnati Arts Association’s Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts announces three new exhibitions: Cartographic Exhaustion, a new series of paintings by Cincinnati artist Charles Grund reflecting the paradoxes inherent in our motor-driven society; Inner Sanctums, Urban Medals and Other Short Subjects, a provocative body of work by Thom Shaw investigating social and political challenges within the African-American community; and Nuts Society T-Shirt Center, a site-specific installation guised as a retail operation by the Thai artist-collective Nuts Society that seeks to integrate art into everyday consumer-based activities.
Nuts Society, an artist collective formed in 1998 and based in Bangkok, Thailand, seeks to subtly merge art into consumer-based activities. The collective’s aim is to raise social consciousness and promote social responsibility by engaging the public through their daily habits.
The Nuts Society T-Shirt Center will effectively create a temporary retail center in the highly-visible public setting of the Weston Art Gallery’s street-level exhibition space. The t-shirt center will offer for sale a variety of t-shirts designed by the collective that features Thai script with English translations that convey positive social messages such as honesty, responsibility and concern. By employing commercial advertising techniques and creating a convincing retail environment Nuts Society asks us to reexamine our consumer-based habits and social re-sponsibilities. This exhibition is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for this exhibition has been provided by Mary Baskett and City Lights Neon. Nuts Society also has a website you can visit at www.nuts-society.org