Thursday, March 26, 2009

Resisting Suversion of Subversive Resistance. Marc De Jong

Marc de Jong.





Marc de Jong.

Also Known as ‘marcsta’, de Jong is one of Melbourne’s most notable illegal street artists, completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. Prior to that, he studied under Howard Arkley at the Prahran College of TAFE.

For almost two decades de Jong has held over 15 solo exhibitions and was a finalist in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in the 2008 Fleurieu Biennale. He also featured in the April-June issue of Australian Art Collector magazine. His work is held in various collections throughout Australia, including National Gallery of Australia, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Monash University and Artbank.

De Jong’s infamous ‘mind-controller’ coke logo and ‘escape captivity’ barcode featured on the cover of Adbusters, as de Jong sat at the for-front of the 90’s resurgence of culture jamming and corporate logo subversion in Melbourne and around the world.

Conceptually, de Jong’s paintings ‘stake their oppositional claim. . .against the short-term values of what he calls “the global media flux of the instant”’. (Gollings, Kirstin. ‘Spamocracy’, Austrailian Art Collector, issue 44, June-April 2008, p 129.

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