Problems with Modern Life is a new poster exhibition by one of my favourite artists Magda Archer.
You may have seen me post her Post Brexit UK print on my Instagram this week, as I recently got around to purchasing a signed copy from Flying Leaps, and framing it handsomely with help from my Dad. It now hangs in my kitchen and brightens up my day more successfully than Brexit brightens up Britain’s financial forecasts.
Anyway, back to Magda’s new show, which again are poster style works, in large formats. Archer’s kitsch artworks are both personal and socio-political, inspired by vintage advertising and British pop culture.
With tongue-in-cheek captions and visual humour, the artworks at first appear cheerful, but upon reflection suggest deeper meanings, hinting at themes of consumerism, social media and current politics. There’s also touches of internet culture and memes.
The show is taking place in Firstsite Colchester, and opens today, Friday 5th June 2019. Entrance is free, the gallery is open from 10am until 5pm, 7 days a week. The show runs until 23rd June.