San Diego, CA
55.000 x 32.000 x 3.000 inches
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Flag With Guns 09
Painting - Acrylic And Mixed Media On American Flag
Rather than representing a familiar image, I prefer to use the actual item. Found objects have always been incorporated into my work. I enjoy the idea that this object started as something and rather than being discarded it has a new purpose. In this case it is the flag. I had some discarded flags in my ‘bone yard.’ I had rescued them after they had done their service and were apparently no longer suitable. I knew that they had a future. It just took a while for that future to be discovered, especially given the sensitive ideals that the “canvas” represents. The initial Flag “State of our Nation” was inspired by the corruption, incompetence, and general disregard that we the public continually tolerate from the government officials that are elected to serve the communities in our cities, states, and our country. Additionally considered were issues that I find concerning in our society including family values, education and what we call “progress.” I felt that in many ways our country was in distressed and often chaotic state. I chose to render the flag upside down. I later found out that an upside down flag used to be a distress signal. Perfect. Variations of the Flag continue to challenge me as subject matter in my work.
July 17th, 2012
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