Idle, 16 x 16, Plywood and Paint, 2011
These pieces are based on a type of art that’s big where I was raised. People have these little text billboards in there homes that say “Believe,” “Love,” etc. I assume they serve as a reminder to be a thoughtful, loving, productive human being. I usually ignore billboards after a few passes, and hate them after a few more. So my theory here is that the message becomes something to resist over time.
My word art pieces are meant to fight that voice of apathy, by repeating it until it’s lost in the background. When I came to “Trust the Future,” I tried something else. I just wanted to burn it down. The sentiment is complete bullshit. Believing a blind promise of future progress is a recipe for doom. Tomorrow is what we make it.