Despite Similarities to Reality, This is a Work of Fiction

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The Installation gestures toward a military environment, often devoid of color, as the backdrop for displaying four subsequent bodies of work under this project. It's only when the victors or the profiteers sell their populous on the justification of war that through the consecration of ‘history’ does it become fact. In the aggregate, 61 images convey, myth, reality, and glimpse into the scope the idea of enduring freedom. The layout represents a maze inviting the viewer to lose sight of the exits in order to fully commit to the consideration of a reality not their own - lured into a choke point - where getting out becomes difficult and the time spent within uncomfortable. Sounds of war, captured audio by the artist, bombard at a low-grade whisper where specific signals are nearly indistinguishable amidst the fog of war. The experience of the installation, within the institution of an art museum, echoes the fiction through which most Americans consume war: clean, safe, and sterile.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 47'
  • Medium: Photography and Natural Sound
  • Width: 26'
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 9'