Master of Space

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
2004
Neckties, rope carpet, artificial flowers, soil, tin, oil, enamel, spray paint, and Splash Zone compound on canvas on wood
84 x 108 x 13 inches

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In this work, a powerful bird of prey ascends with outspread wings above an abstract landscape divided into a grid, the regimented lines of social power and control.

In this work, a powerful bird of prey ascends with outspread wings above an abstract landscape divided into a grid, the regimented lines of social power and control. The eagle itself is made of neckties, Dial's signifier for the prosperous white male world. The eagle is tinted the green color of the U.S. dollar, signaling an aspiration to the bounty of the American dream. The "white" eagle looks down from his top-of-the-world position to survey the vast terrain over which he already has power. For the "black" eagle at the bottom, success depends upon his ability to re-work the ramshackle possibilities of the rubble that surrounds him, to find nobility amid the world's ignoble leavings.