The first stencils in this series (Formerly) - to the places unknown, unheard, but rarely seen...(Existence of that later) takes the discourse of David Herny Thoreau's Civil Disobedience by re-inserting my family members and friends to represent this symbol. My attempt to expand the portrait of resistance based on truth constructed through the everyday. The original posters were handed out at protest marches, or put up in the city. The gallery viewers never encounters the full image as only the layers of stencils were displayed. These stencils shows how language and image become abstracted and malleable surrounded by ideology. The photos used in this series were a friend holding a megaphone, and my 2-year-old nephew. (Formerly) - to the places unknown, unheard, but rarely seen...(Existence of that later) was shown at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Anna, CA in a group show How Does A Patriot Act? (2008).
An early inspiration was Jenny Holzer’s early wheat pasting series Truisms (1977-79) and Inflammatory Essays (1977-82) . Like Holzer, concerning myself with public discourse, and the dissemination of political imagery I wanted to put into conflict certain ideologies that are compromised when context is removed and site specificty is included
The next stencils were text based from presidential quotes about Operation Iraq Freedom. Removing the context like Holzer, lanaguge thus becomes a de-legitimation of power, in a rhetorical exposure of its discursive guises and ploys. The text based series was shown along with the posters in a bucket for audience members to take for free. The text based series was shown in a traveling group show Audacity of Desperation (2008) in Los Angeles and Illinois.
Date: 2004-2008, Los Angeles, CA & Urbana Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, IL
Medium: Mixed-Media | Performative | Drawing |
30in x 40in