new-york

Alex Bag

Elizabeth Dee Gallery

Alex Bag’s “Coven Services for Consumer Mesmerism, Product Sorcery, and the Necromantic Reimagination of Consumption” uses low-budget materials and DIY processes to transform the gallery into the corporate HQ of a sinister, world-dominating advertising agency/think tank/PR firm/witch cult. Coven Services’ clients include some of the key players in global capitalism today, notorious multinational corporations such as Monsanto, Bechtel, and AOL–Time Warner. The main wall—a sort of creative-visioning workshop in progress that also suggests the psychotic basement wallpaperings of TV serial killers—is a sprawling collage of text, drawings, Polaroids, and various appropriated information. Pages of handwritten research notes expose everything from Halliburton’s manipulation of the Iraq war to Johnson & Johnson’s cover-up of the health hazards of tampons, while recipes for magic spells tell us

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