New Works on Paper by Erik Farseth
This exhibition ran from July 19 – October 18, 2018 at Ditch Gallery in Minneapolis.
400 First Avenue North, Suite 535
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 355-4300
This latest series, Opposition-Defiant-Disorder, is an artistic response to a tumultuous era marked by political extremism and the resurgence of atavistic nationalisms as a force throughout the world. Created against the backdrop of a nation that seems to be tearing itself apart, Opposition-Defiant-Disorder channels these same feelings of global insecurity into stark, black-and-white relief prints, color-soaked paper collages, and nightmare visions of a world gone awry. Opposition-Defiant-Disorder is an attempt to engage with American audiences at a particularly fraught moment in our nation’s history.
I first began working on this series during the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.
In the spring of 2017, I created a photomontage called “Torchlight Parade.” Two months later, an actual torch-wielding mob of white supremacists marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia chanting “You will not replace us!”
Forty years ago, when the Dead Kennedys first recorded the punk song “California Über Alles,” the idea of a fascist dictator in the U.S.A. was the stuff of satire.
Today, we live in an era when the President of the United States praises *actual neo-Nazis* as “very fine people!” while his Department of Homeland Security is rounding up the children of immigrants and sending them to detention camps.
In the age of “alternative facts,” satire has lost all meaning.