Issue

2.18 / American Road Signs

June 2 2011

Introduction

June 2, 2011. In the Middle East, demonstrations and demands for regime change continue to grow, despite the threat of deadly force; in Syria, the gory images of a thirteen-year-old child brutally tortured and killed by the army have catalyzed protesters nationwide. The Arab Spring extends into summer, and Americans are nothing more than uneasy bystanders to the toppling of totalitarian rule while we cope with visions of our own rubble: tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, and the news that ideological bickering may force this nation to default on its debt. In our digital age, these moments of great global economic, political, environmental, and technological uncertainty are visualized and collapsed into a daily slideshow. But as noted in reviews of work by artists Kevin Appel and Ruben Ochoa, Alex MacClean, and Doug Rickard, they also becomes inscribed on the American landscape as deeper, psychological, almost seismological shifts. - PM

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