Pop-up exhibition explores class, capitalism and consumerism

Local artists Christabel and Samuel Wagner continue their examination of class issues and capitalism in this pop-up exhibition, which takes place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, at Long Street Studios.

The exhibition continues a discussion the artists fostered with their installation at the Columbus Arts Festival, where they created a model mobile home from colored Plexiglas. That material returns for this weekend's exhibition, as well, fashioned into replicas of a handbag by a particular, high-end manufacturer.

“We're looking at capitalism in a spiritual light, looking at the reverence we give to objects,” Samuel Wagner said.

“As artists, we're consumed with the object. Our ability to create is superseded by our ability to buy,” Christabel said.

There will be a performative and an interactive element to the exhibition, one that provides prompts for patrons that help to shape the experience, but allows for an open-ended dialogue.

“We want to ask questions but not answer them,” Samuel said. “It's a questioning of the overall retail experience.”

“It's very open-ended, how this could go,” Christabel said. “There are some intriguing possibilities.”