Qu’ils Mangent de la Brioche
(Let Them Eat Cake)
July 31 – August 27, 2016
This piece, an installation in the Aquarium Gallery at the Ann Arbor Art Center, reflects my impressions on the current political and cultural situation in the United States. I’m not going to get into detail regarding my views (they’re most likely obvious) as I prefer to let the piece speak for itself.
My dear friend Howard White contributed to this piece with a series of projections. They play 24/7 but can be seen best once the sun goes down.
Below are a few links that explain some of the items you’ll find within and about the piece itself:
- “Let them eat cake” – a phrase attributed incorrectly to Marie Antoinette
- A quote by Pink Floyd that you can see in the reflection in the mirror:
“and when you lose control, you’ll reap the harvest you have sown”
- A quote used by several politicians that you can see in the reflection in the mirror:
“A Shining City Upon A Hill”
- First person to have used the Shining City quote in the US:
- Another quote by John Winthrop (not found in the piece):
“a democracy is, amongst most civil nations, accounted the meanest and worst of all forms of government.”
Back in May, I requested some help from my friends on Facebook:
I’m currently working on an art installation that’s due at the end of July. It’s coming along nicely and it had an interesting twist added today. I’ve decided to have (for lack of a better description) kinda like a “Sistine Chapel” ceiling “thingy” going on. The figures are going to be a combo of politicians, bankers, Koch brothers, that schmuck that raised the price of the AIDS drug by 5000%….those kinds of people. Picture a Sargent Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band/ Sistine Chapel vibe on the ceiling.
Anyway, would you be so kind as to list someone you especially “love” who has (in your opinion) screwed the 99%?
All I need is/are the name(s) and I’ll do the rest.
The response was overwhelming. People you’ll find on the walls and on the ceiling are as follows:
George Bush Sr.
George Bush Jr.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz