Defective Carrots

Dodo Photo, 35 New Bridge Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3AH

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Saturday 17 May 2014 – Saturday 28 June 2014
Preview: Saturday 17 May, 19:00 - 21:00
Opening Hours: Saturdays 11:00 - 17:00

Defective Carrots is a typology of carrots that have been deemed unfit for consumers' eyes. Mechanically scanned, thousands of 'optically deficient' carrots are singled out each day and promptly removed from the conveyor belt. Some are grotesquely deformed and understandably rejected on behalf of the consumer. Others have morphed in to humorous shapes referential of phallic abnormalities, human body parts and various imagined creatures. However, many other defective carrots have only the slightest irregularity, encouraging one to question the extent to which the retailer and the consumer is willing to privilege perceptions of 'the norm' over basic nourishment values. Following the publication of Defective Carrots (Bemojake, 2013), the forthcoming installation at Dodo Gallery will draw on the usage of Focus®, the optical sorting machine that acts as the barrier between the defective carrots and the consumer. Focus® registers each individual carrot live on-screen; as they pass through its gaze on a high-speed conveyor belt they are deemed 'good' or 'bad'. In response to Smyth's selection of images for the book, this exhibition will feature all carrots that did not get published yet.

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