Artifice and Persuasion

Development hierarchies, population loss, questions of environmental equity, and concern with land-use are considered in the context of our region’s lifecycle. Cleveland’s once-gilded age of unchecked wealth and growth is now imperiled with myopic decision-making that is stuck in a cycle of suburban sprawl and urban divestment. The reaping of resources has deep Colonial roots that has served the top percentage of individuals benefiting directly from European hegemony of cultural and wealth accumulation.

Lawns are a monocrop that diminish biodiversity (or, Thanks a lot, Lancelot “Capability” Brown), 2018
Screenprint, oil, gouache, acrylic, gold leaf and vintage flocked wallpaper on paper, 62 in W x 41 in H (irregular edges)
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Cleveland’s once-gilded age of unchecked wealth and growth is now imperiled with myopic decision-making that is stuck in a cycle of suburban sprawl and urban divestment. The reaping of resources has deep Colonial roots that have served the top percentage of individuals benefiting directly from European hegemony of cultural and wealth accumulation.

The Difference between Climate and Weather, 2018
Screen print, oil, gouache, acrylic and marbling on paper, 22 in W x 31 in H

 

St. Sulpice Paysage, 2018. Screen print, acrylic, pencil and silver leaf on paper 22.25 in W x 19.5 H

Golf, 2018. Gouache, gold leaf and marbling 15 in W x 22 inH

Beef,  2018. Gouache, gold leaf and marbling 15 in W x 22 in H

Beef, 2018. Gouache, gold leaf and marbling 15 in W x 22 in H

 
 
 

Let them Eat Steak (49% of the World’s carbon emissions are produced by 4% of the population), 2018. Cast Plaster of Paris, gold leaf, acrylic and oil paint Varied size, multi object installation

Let them Eat Steak (49% of the World’s carbon emissions are produced by 4% of the population), 2018. Cast Plaster of Paris, gold leaf, acrylic and oil paint Varied size, multi object installation

Let them Eat Steak (49% of the World’s carbon emissions are produced by 4% of the population), 2018. Cast Plaster of Paris, gold leaf, acrylic and oil paint Varied size, multi object installation

 

All photos: Jerry Birchfield