Conformity/Malleable

Mark Bleshenski's avatar Mark Bleshenski

TWEET DON'T CHIRP - Twitter is popular for its ability to freely communicate information and ideas. In 2012 it adopted a policy allowing censorship of tweets based on country, to allow the network to grow. The songbird inside the jar represents the spirit of freedom of speech on Twitter, its wings broken by its keeper. Beneath, a newspaper headline reads "Twitter Breaks Wings off Songbird". The mallet hitting the jar conveys Twitter taking a strike at freedom of speech and those who would use it. Tiles around the outside of the glass cage read: "TWEET TWITTER CHIRP", but the word chirp has been censored. The newspaper article also displays this lyric from a pop song of the 70's by Blanchard & Morgan: "Take away their chirp and the birds will have to whisper when they sing". REBEL - The words in the glass jar label it as "Wide Mouth". Letter tiles from a parlor game gathered inside the mason jar, reveal the word "Rebel". The defiant vessel is pressured by an old wooden clamp to conform to its forces. It convulses from the strain. Society and social groups apply pressure to conform to their ideals. The vessel is changed, but maintains its memory. PENNIES FOR YOUR THOUGHTLESSNESS - Who has not had a penny jar and wanted to smash it? Small bits of wealth, too unimportant individually, are stored away for the future. Like knowledge and experience, small bits seem unimportant by themselves. But when combined with others, become a proper and crucial wealth of experiences. Here, outside forces try to influence and alter what's inside.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 0.5 feet
  • Medium: glass, metal, wood, found objects
  • Width: 1.5 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 1.5 feet