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Untitled, 2005, Lightjet print, 20" x 14"
ed. of 20 for each image
Cranston's work often combines text and imagery from popular culture. In producing these two prints for Contemporary Editions Los Angeles, Cranston took inspiration from posters in donut shops. In contrast to the slick and highly produced product shots that are seen in mainstream food advertising, Cranston selected her subjects, onion rings and a stick for their "grubby" appeal. She made the artwork by literally putting the onion rings directly on her scanner. Same for the stick. Each artwork reflects a deep appreciation for the texture of our everyday lives.
Meg Cranston has shown internationally since 1988. She has been the recipient of a New School of Social Research Faculty Development Grant, an artist grant from the Penny McCall Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a faculty research grant from the Center for Asian American Studies at UCLA. In April 2005, Cranston participated in a LACE exhibition entitled "A Walk To Remember" where she took audience members on a guided tour of Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, one of the few remaining off reservation Indian boarding schools in the United States.