Our History Was Never Beautiful

A body of work amalgamating and digitally rewriting versions of U.S. presidents, landscape paintings and other media reflecting the supposed ‘American Values’ including but not limited to topics of: manifest destiny, patriotism, the Invisible Hand and other destructive ideologies. The subtext indicates the dissociation between our optical representations of the past, the¬†fragmentation of the present and the erasure of embedded contexts of time and the dissolution of U.S. trust in the American Dream, a manufactured vision of ideals that conferred a virtual experience of success and material obtainment at the cost of others.

ImageTitle#Wiki LinkYear CreatedPhysical Description
old hickory, andrew jackson, modifiedThe Grand Inquisitor [Old_Hickory]7Andrew Jackson2015 (October)40in x 40in Digital Print on Canvas
Teflon, The Comeback KidTeflon
[The_Comeback_Kid]
42Bill Clinton2016 (February)40in x 40in Digital Print on Canvas
The Light Has Gone, Theodore RooseveltThe Light Has Gone
[The_Lion]
26Theodore Roosevelt2016 (February)40in x 40in Digital Print on Canvas
Andrew Johnson, The Holographic Empire, PresidentThe Holographic Empire
[Sir_Veto]
17Andrew Johnson2016 (March)40in x 40in Digital Print on Canvas
Benjamin HarrisonIt Was Never Ours
[The_Human_Iceberg]
23Benjamin Harrison2016 (November)40in x 40in Digital Print on Canvas
Red Fox, President Van Buren, Martin Van BurenRed Fox
[Little_Magician]
8Martin Van Buren2016 (November)40in x 40in Digital Print on Canvas
end-game_duckpinEndgame Theory
[Duckpin]
34Dwight D. Eisenhower2016 (November)40in x 40in Digital Print on Canvas
Zachary TaylorIced Milk
[O.R.A.R.]
12Zachary Taylor2016 (November)40in x 40in Digital Print on Canvas
Woodrow Wilson, Integrated SystemsS_I
[The Phrasemaker]
28Woodrow Wilson2016 (November)40in x 40in Digital Print on Canvas