Christopher Kit Maddox
Corruption by Christopher Kit Maddox is an anthology of ten hostile statements made by powerful world leaders. Each chapter relays the message by 80 languages via machine translation systems, gradually transforming hateful speech into vague and powerless quotations. The final page of each chapter concludes with a revitalized poetic interpretation of the chapter’s message. Vibrant and busy spreads balance the intense word-heavy collections of art as text, bringing process poetry to life. The book includes a small pamphlet insert entitled We Will Bury You, explaining the actual meaning and misinterpretations behind the infamous quote of Nikita Khrushchev where intent was lost through translation and interpretation.
Cross words is an 8 page paper book by Emily Martin. The front cover has the title "Cross Words" and the end cover has an artist message. The structure of the print is a simple crossword, placed in the center of each page. Martin uses the paper to create a book based on diverse subject matter from social, cultural, political issues including but not limited to Christianity , missionaries, globalization, and world cultures. This book is made of a specialized paper provided by Andrew Honey, a conservator at the Bodleian Library in Fall of 2018.
This piece is a very innovative and encouraging way to take a look at issues that have long plagued relationships between people and their leaders. This work references a speech that was given by Mao Zedong in 1957. The speech was titled “On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the people”. Within this speech he referenced letting 100 flowers bloom, poem that was going to try and promote and invite the citizens to vocalize their criticism on the Communist leadership at the time. Following this speech, there was an anti-rightist movement in China where all of the people who were “enticed” by this poem and promise of understanding differing concerns were publicly shamed or stripped of all of their assets. Meador’s approach in the topic came from anger within his own life. He decided the work “One Hundred Excellent Flowers” should promote this sense of “trickery” in a more modernized and Americanized fashion. Politics and marketing lie to the American consumer, Meador wanted to display processed snack foods in the same light that the flowers were displayed within Zedong’s speech. Meador wanted to suck the audience in and make them understand that consumerism is a temptation and a seduction that we should avoid before it is too late and we have lost ourselves and our bodies to the entities that are beginning to kill us.
Biosphere is contained within a 9.25 x 4.25 x 2.125" wooden hinged box. This box is separated into two sections by a wooden piece. Sections contain coptic bound book on left side and four wooden spheres with accordion books on right side. The contents of the book include 60 instructions on how to save the planet. Each different colored sphere is halved to contain an accordion structure book and has a magnetic closure. Coptic bound book: 64 pages, printed inkjet on Rives BFK paper, Dark Courier font, cloth-covered boards, patterned paper pastedowns.
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