Market Value

The first thing that strikes me about the artist behind Super Market is that he was born in 1985. In 1985, I was angling for a Spuds McKenzie T-shirt for Christmas and obsessing over Depeche Mode. Brent Ozaeta, however, was being born. This piece of knowledge has the effect of a) making me feel old and seriously underaccomplished and b) kind of blowing me away. Ozaeta's work does not at all look like it should come from a 23-year-old. It's incredibly technically accomplished and so deeply considered that it hardly reflects that early 20s naïveté that I so fondly remember. Instead, the multimedia collages are a fairly heady commentary on the digital world that fuels our culture. Seemingly random images are carefully brought together to maximize the visual depiction of the relationship between graphics and the ideas they inform. The exhibit as a whole suggests a Clockwork Orange-esque flow of information that drives the current cultural and consumerist milieu. Super Market: An Exhibition of New Work by Brent Ozaeta is a jarring and impressive collection from a young artist who was in diapers while Commodore 64s were making possible the world he comments on so eloquently. This solo debut at The Public Trust, 2919-C Commerce St., runs through December 6. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Visit for more information.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 24. Continues through Dec. 6, 2008
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