The World is a Dangerous Place

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I’m hard at work on stuff I can’t show you yet, so here’s another nugget from art school. It’s from one of my favorite classes, Special Projects, taught by the crazy talented @jenniferannschmidt. It was a printmaking class, but one that explored how the utility of printmaking can be subverted conceptually for artmaking.

For one of my projects, I designed fliers that I xeroxed and left in public spaces around Boston. It was really interesting to hear how people interpreted the fliers without knowing where they came from. It’s still one of my favorite projects. Here’s the project statement I wrote in 2007:

The World is a Dangerous Place (so be careful).Growing up, children hear all kinds of stories about the dangerous things that surround them. Some are about monsters, witches, and other fantastic creatures, but the ones that seem most true are about the ordinary things that can go wrong. They stay with people longer because the worst kind of uneasiness is the type associated with everyday objects and activities. As people get older, the stories change, but that sense of imminent danger never really leaves. With public service announcement fliers as a format, I use these childhood stories as a way to investigate ideas of authority, trust, and fear. The fliers have been posted on bulletin boards around Boston and left with other informational pamphlets for people to take.