Sunday, May 2, 2010
Outsourcing in the Arts
Noelle Mason, Ground Control, 2005
"Ground Control is a wool Gobelin rug made in Guadalajara, Mexico by Antonio Flores and Jonathan Samaniego in exchange for the amount of money it would cost a family of four to illegally immigrate to the United States. Originally used to reproduce famous works of art and religious motifs, Gobelin is a French tapestry tradition assimilated by Mexican artisans in the mid 20th century. Ground Control reconstructs an image of the US Mexico border taken by the Terra satellite's Advanced Spaceborn Thermal Emission Reflection Radiometer (ASTER). Ground Control is an exercise in free monetary/commodity exchange across the U.S./Mexico border in contradistinction to the growing restrictions on human migration."
Charles Ray, Hinoki, 1998-2007