Adbusters (Canada), 2009

Cocaine Dreams of the Hypermaterialistic Society

In a society where the demands of an all-encompassing market economy have dissolved the barrier between the private and public, the individual is at once a consumer and the consumed. The work of American figurative painter Terry Rodgers reveals the crushing ennui that haunts the space between the compulsion to exhibit and the paranoid insecurity that follows. It is a world of pornographic wealth and slavish consumerism wherein the participants become nothing more than the petrified object of their own unrequited desires. Lurking beneath the glistening surface of their perpetual lust for enterprise exists a strange brand of horror — the freedom from meaning.