Poster featuring a red star and a propaganda message
Power at Home
The line between propaganda and advertising is a thin one. Star Power presents the viewer with a series of ads that mix communist iconography and images of hydro electricity. Bold and visually stopping, the images further confuse the question of who is in control of electrical power in Ontario: Is it some far left consortium, or is a company simply borrowing the radical chic of Soviet design as part of an ad campaign? Plastered onto construction boarding in downtown Kitchener, the origin and intent of the images remained elusive.
The Star Power Series was presented as part of CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum - Kitchener), September 21-29, 2002. The theme of the 2002 Forum was Power to the People.