FIRST WE TAKE PARIS, THEN WE TAKE THE WORLD
Devonport Regional Gallery Solo Commission 2007
September 7 – October 7, 2007
Devonport Regional Gallery, 45 Stewart Street, Devonport, Tasmania.
"Blown up to mega proportions and saturated in colours from a can, Jamin’s work is more billboard than wall hanging. The paintings speak in the language of pop culture, with the big, loud and shiny images we’re so used to... In First We Take Paris Then We Take The World, Jamin is reversing the spin, taking the mixed messages back to their source and having more than a bit of fun along the way." Jennifer Hopper, J ARTS CREW, The Program, September 10, 2007 www.theprogram.net.au
"In a fusion of front-page juxtapositions spawned by the ‘news of the day’ during the development of these new works, Paris Hilton has become the hero, the enemy, the metaphor and the motivation. In the sinister Get the Girl, Kill the Baddies and Save the Entire Planet Paris appears brainwashed. Empty and vacant, a container for meaning. John Howard appears intrinsically aware of both Paris’s awesome power as a vehicle for any message imposed upon her, and his own control over the Australian people and relative invulnerability. Howard cackles menacingly skyward, neck muscles taught and constricted with the power and testosterone of patriarchy. Paris, or perhaps popular culture, has become Howard’s secret weapon."
Excerpt from catalogue essay "One Night In Paris" by Scot Cotterell