Astronauts and Xingu: an exhibition of cultural ideograms

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Title: Astronauts and Xingu: an exhibition of cultural ideograms
Author: Mineck, Edward
Abstract: The intention of my thesis is to alter some of American culture's prevailing sentiments on the relationship between: masculine and feminine; visceral and cognitive; natural and technological; as well as altering perceptions of the loci of power in our culture. The thesis exhibition was composed of seventeen gum bichromate assemblages composed of elementary images appropriated from popular media. Each composite piece is a recontextualization of extant representations. I have taken things from their typical or original context and re-presented them in a context that I have selected and directed. The new relationships established among the appropriated component images and the viewer are meant to: illuminate some aspects of our culture and to obscure others; accent farces; and subvert biases. My goal is to offer the viewer an experience that has the capacity to alter their existing perspectives on the relationships stated in my intention above.
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Date: 1991

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