Poppy Sebire Brings Together Material and Materialism: Ali Bailey and Jessica Labatte

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LONDON.- Poppy Sebire gallery’s latest show brings together material and materialism: two young artists interested in consumer culture and physical form, whose work revolves around the surprising, playful and sometimes unsettling transformation of found objects. THE FACT OF THE MATTER exhibition by Ali Bailey and Jessica Labatte is on display until 24 February 2011. ALI BAILEY’s work tackles advertising and branding culture. His sculpture, ‘Ralph Lauren’ (pictured above) juxtaposes a slick, luxury brand with a raw hand-made aesthetic, using the label’s ‘designer paint’ to create a billboard-shaped form with a rough, putty-like texture, and including the tin itself as a sort of bathetic logo. Also showing are works on paper dealing with similar themes: magazine advertisements defaced, reshaped and framed so we see them as much