Hidden Agendas explores the role of signs within our daily life. Through a lens of semiology,the work reveals possible hidden meaningsand ideologies within signs found in both public and private places.The work is a constructed representation of the suburban neighborhood including a fence, sidewalk, grass and gentle glow of fluorescent lighting. By engaging the work in a participatory fashion, the viewer is able to traverse this landscape, revealing concealed images and text within signs posted on the fence by use of a “device.” The components of the work, as well as the hidden elements, confront the viewer with an inquiry into the true meaning and motives of these authoritarian tools. More importantly,Hidden Agendas highlights the conflicting nature of a public verses private voice within signs.
Notes on Nationalism was an exercise in the street-art, graffiti aesthetic that has become a counter cultural art staple. I also explored the meme effect that has become more prominent than ever thanks to the Internet. Images were selected by searching stock photo sites and stencil template forums and using the search term “nationalism.” I stretched a canvas, laser cut a stencil, then spray-painted the stencil for each image. Some canvases included wheat-pasted print elements.
Morality is not black and white, good and bad like we want to think. There are many, nuanced levels in between these polar opposites. This work explores the area in between the dichotomy of good verses bad. Starting with an image of a police offer and a thief, I utilized Adobe Illustrator to “interpolate” the two images, merging them into one another one-step at a time. These steps were then printed on a large formate printer The 9 total images were then pinned to the gallary wall, with the central interpolated image in the center of the installation. The images in between the two show a sort of abstract representation of a moral argument.