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   Any artist who works with appropriated images from another era runs the risk of having the work understood as a form of nostalgia. My work in digital montage does deal with a longing, but not for the near or distant past the images I draw from represent, but for a time that never was— a promise that never materialized.
    The project of industrialization did not free society from labor, it simply changed the nature of labor and production. The scientific innovation that has led to digital and bio-technological marvels has not been and will never be the sinecure for a better life. The moral and ethical dilemmas these advances present are profound. The hollow promise of freedom through consumption and better living through science may be tired tropes for the 21st century and a shallow premise for art-making, but I think that if my appropriation of times past can contain the seeds for a re-examination of these promises of happiness and dominion, then I feel I have done my job as an artist. If we can speak of works of art or artists having a job to do, perhaps this is it. The words Frederic Jameson used to describe Walter Benjamin, a man who always seemed to exist outside his own time, perhaps sum it up best for me:

… “there is no reason why a nostalgia conscious of itself, a lucid and remorseless dissatisfaction with the present on the grounds of some remembered plenitude, cannot furnish as adequate a revolutionary stimulus as any other…”
FACULTY SHOW

Drew Goerlitz

Sue Lezon

David Powell

Norman Taber
Thumbnail Image 1. New Frontiers 2005, 2005, Inkjet on Vinyl w/ Brass, 68 x 41
Thumbnail Image 7. Tunin' in the Chatter, 2/20, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 8. Nukin Taters, 1/18, 2003, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 9. Going Ballistic, AP, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 10. Eye Job, 1/18, 2003, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 11. New Frontiers in Product Placement, AP, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 18 x 22
Thumbnail Image 12. Product Placement #2005a, 1/20, 2005, Archival Inkjet Print, 18 x 22
Thumbnail Image 13. Communicating Vessels, 1/18, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 14. Broadcasting Democracy, 2/18, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 15. M.M.B. (Obsolete), 1/20, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 16. All New Beauty, 1/20, 2005, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 17. Becoming, AP, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 18. Doubt, 1/18, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 21. Hail the Hybrid, 1/20, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 22. All New Beauty: Hello McNature, 2/20, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 25. Critical Choice Ensemble, 1/18, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18
Thumbnail Image 26. Staying in Touch, 1/18, 2003, Archival Inkjet Print, 22 x 18

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PLATTSBURGH STATE ART MUSEUM, BURKE GALLERY, NOVEMBER 30, 2005 - JANUARY 31, 2006

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