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Jason Zhao

Killara High School

Artwork title
Collect them all
HSC year
Expressive form
Artist’s statement

My work started off as a tongue-in-cheek satirical statement addressing the kitsch commercialisation of the art world. The value of art has risen as artworks have become trade goods for collectors. Art has become a design process where the artwork’s meaning becomes insignificant, obscured under the layers of marketing. In this art world an artist’s work serves no purpose but to be used as a product to satisfy the needs of the customer.

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Collection connections

Ian Burn incorporated amateur landscape paintings collected from markets and overlayed them with text. The reflective material in his works mirrors the viewer and location of the artwork. Discuss the post-modern qualities of 'Value added’ landscape no. 11 by Burn and P Rea and how it contradicts traditional landscape painting. How do the combined elements create a sense of meaning?

Both Jason Zhao and Burn question the value of art. What value are they questioning? Compare each approach and discuss how they communicate their ideas. Discuss the role of the viewer and how their interpretation enhances the understanding of value.