New Works on Paper by Erik Farseth
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Ditch Gallery from 6:00-9:00 PM
400 First Avenue North, Suite 535
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 355-4300
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Opposition-Defiant-Disorder runs from July 19 through September 28, 2018.
I am a mixed-media artist specializing in relief prints, zine-making, and cut paper collage. Wielding a pair of scissors in lieu of a paintbrush, new hybridized images are built up from cut paper fragments, freely sampling and remixing old advertisements. My relief prints (woodcuts and linocuts) mirror my collage work: cutting away excess material to reveal new shapes.
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.
I first began working on this series during the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.
Many have compared the president’s use of deliberately false and misleading statements to the writings of George Orwell. Less than two days into the new administration, senior members of the Trump administration were already bandying about Orwellian terms such as “alternative facts.” In the months that followed, the line between dystopian science fiction and reality would become increasingly blurred.
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, 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.
This became the impetus for a new body of work created over the last 18 months.
Opposition-Defiant-Disorder engages with American audiences at a particularly fraught moment in our nation’s history.