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Daniel Vander Ley's avatar Daniel Vander Ley

Detroit, a city central to the underground railroad and the path to Freedom, informs the conception of this work "ESC". Escape, the power to leave confinement in search of Freedom is a human aspiration visible in narrative throughout the ages. In this performance piece, the artist uses heightened-juxtaposition, deploying work-song and group-dynamics, to illustrate modern forms of oppression. This work is designed to impel disequilibrium, causing participants to question their own values and the path to Freedom as a personal and difficult decision. The road to Freedom standing in heightened juxtaposition against the performance of work-song. This piece is time-based and performed Sept 22nd till Oct 8th. A 16ft x 4ft "Fundamentalism America's Premier Child Abuse Brand" sign will be displayed for the entire duration of ArtPrize. This wall will be a central viewing feature, designed to initiate conversation about the performance piece.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 15'
  • Medium: Performance & Free Standing Structure
  • Width: 16'
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 8'