London

Clunie Reid

MOT International

The images Clunie Reid uses—culled from tabloids, the Internet, snapshots, and low-grade celebrity magazines—are rephotographed and printed on sheets of shiny silver paper that are then applied to aluminum panels and partially edged with duct tape. Inserted seamlessly within the pictures are digital-type texts or graphics; upon them have been occasionally applied cheap, colorful stickers of the variety favored in the late elementary school years. Imperatives such as COME BACK! or IT’S TIME FOR BED CASSIOPEIA! may be scrawled in black or red marker, in the round and rapidly executed penmanship recognizable from the stalls of public toilets. Rather than collage, the overall effect is more like effacement. Images and texts that enjoyed little respect in their previous existences are now suspended in a state of permanent debasement and impenetrability thanks to some digital or handwritten

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