USA Poetic Licenses

2012 ArtPrize Entry

Viewers will almost immediately discern the overall shape of the United States, then after a short duration, recognize the lyrics of the national anthem rendered within the license plates of the 50 states. Perhaps the final stage of recognition is revealed in the stars and stripes of the flag, completing the cyclical self-referencing of the entire artwork. The Poetic Licenses are a play on words, and most viewers, when confronted by these groupings, will at first see a random juxtaposition of weathered automobile plates from various countries and states. They refer to the phenomenon of ubiquitous so-called “vanity” plates, with the exception that they have been joined together to form full statements. Each plate is rendered as a convincing entity, (although created from vacuum-formed styrene) and the groupings appear to be assemblages of found objects. The license plate format is that of objects of utility transformed into a functional object wearing the mantle of “high art”.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: oil and acrylic on styrene and wood
  • Width: 11
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 6

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

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