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State of Exception

Patrick Foran's avatar Patrick Foran

My recent work focuses on parsing the visual lexicon of the current political situation through imagery disseminated by the mass media. These drawings respond to the aesthetic system expressed by ideological and social polarization. Of particular concern is the nature of events that occur within the “state of exception,” a permanent or de facto state of emergency in which laws are suspended, personal freedom curtailed, and sovereignty eclipsed by the state’s desire to maintain control and authority. I’m also interested in the concept of “the wall” as both a physical barrier and a symbolic constraint that can assume different forms depending upon the context, from a police barricade to a curtain of flags. The work repurposes these media narratives, hollows them out or exaggerates them, in order to articulate the ideological structures that comprise the visual culture of politics, news, oppression, and resistance.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: ink on paper
  • Width: 56 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 38 inches