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Erik Farseth

Title: At the Crossroads

Location: 650 Nicollet Mall

On display until: September 8, 2017

My cut paper collage uses the cultural detritus of the fading “American Century” to create new images and designs. Created against the backdrop of a nation that seems to be tearing itself apart, these abstract collage “paintings” evoke a candy-coated version of American myth-making – myths then torn apart (literally) in order to create new meanings. The brilliant colors of the “Swinging Sixties” merge into topsy-turvy landscapes, baroque machine art, and nightmare visions of a world gone awry, a breadcrumb trail leading back to the precursors of today’s cracked images of American exceptionalism.

These photo enlargements of the original paper collages highlight two potential futures: A techno-dystopia marked by social stratification and environmental collapse, and a brighter (more sustainable) future rendered in candy colors.