Bronze / 2018 / Book / Other_B

We The People...

  • Prize
    Bronze in Book Proposal (Series Only)/Other
  • Photographer
    Stephen Spiller

In my series “We The People…” I offer a portrait of American democracy through the lens of President Trump’s words and actions and ask whether our country is being steered toward a kleptocracy in which “we the people” don’t matter. I ask if those engaged in governing are collectively seeding an achilles heel, i.e. the constant bleeding of doubt, anxiety, fear and anger from the elected and the electorate.I intend to parody President Trump’s childlike thinking and suggest it is akin to “zero sum theory” which yields only imagined “winners” offset by an equivalence of “losers”. In a democracy one “wins” if everyone benefits.I juxtapose the President’s words with an image evincing suspicion of his veracity. Slight blurring and skewing the image and words suggest Trump's bewildering thought process and characterize him as incapable of, and uninterested in, behavior clearly benefitting anyone, or anything, but himself.

I live and work in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

Over the past 10 years, I have participated in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, both in the United States and internationally. Often my participation resulted from being selected in a juried competition. A brief sample locating my exhibiting experience follows.

United States: New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Miami Beach, FL; Nacogdoches, Texas; Bedminster, New Jersey; Attleboro, Maine; Lexington, VA; University Park, PA; Portland, OR; Providence, RI; Minneapolis, MN and more.

International: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cakovec, Croatia; Arles, France; Malaga, Spain; Thessaloniki, Greece; Venice, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Sardinia, Italy; Milan, Italy; Bologna, Italy; and more.

I have also participated in panel discussions: Brooklyn, NY; online exhibitions: International Emerging Artists Dubai; digital group shows: Scope Miami Beach, Miami, Fl and See|Exhibition Space, New York, NY., and been published in Issues 2, 9, 11, and 12 of Musée Magazine.