CULTURE CLASH

2011 ArtPrize Entry
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The purpose of this installation is to inform historically, culturally, and aesthetically. The installation concept, while made up of multiple pieces, is to be considered a single unit. Two cultures of which I am a part, Mennonite and the art world, rarely engage the other meaningfully. To address this concern, I combined two diverse artistic styles which form a bridge to symbolize the uneven and sometimes contradictory relationship of these two cultures. I am hopeful that in addition to visual enrichment, this installation serves to inform viewers on cultural and aesthetic matters. Each work in this installation has its own narrative. For example, in the first image, Mennonite Preacher, the liturgical, plain black suit worn by my father,was an ever-present reminder of our non-conformity to the world. The abstract paintings reflect cultivation markings and field formations. The Red Tie was considered too worldly,barn beams -a cross, and John Deere green changed with time of day.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 feet
  • Medium: INSTALLATION:acrylic/screenprint on canvas
  • Width: 26 feet
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 11 feet

Venue & Connection Information

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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