“Worth Dying For” Statement:
The use of flags in artwork remains controversial. I believe reactions to seeing the flag used in this way derive less from a change to the physical object and more from the change in our perception of it.
By physically manipulating the United States flag, a more complicated narrative can be brought to bear upon the viewer. Through a multiplicity of processes, the flag is physically and metaphorically reoriented to draw out new questions and interpretations.
The serial production of the United States flag has killed its unique aura. Its use in advertising and propaganda have eroded and limited its meaning. The conceptual ideas that underpin much flag art stem from this history and its use by both state and non-state actors. My time here at ON:VIEW is an opportunity to engage the public on their thoughts and feelings regarding this symbol. I encourage all questions, comments and concerns.
Kevin Clancy (b. 1985, United States) received an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a BS in Visual Arts from Bethany College, West Virginia. He explores political meta-narratives in his art practice using loaded symbols such as the United States flag as a discussion of social, cultural and ethical systems. Clancy has exhibited his work nationally at galleries in Massachusetts, West Virginia, Georgia, Texas, Rhode Island and Oregon. He currently lives and works in Savannah, Georgia.
To see more of his work visit: www.kclancyart.com
Kevin will have open studio hours from 12 - 5PM on Fridays starting April 19th and will be in the building de-threading the flag Saturday - Thursday from 11AM - noon, check our events page for specifics. The public is invited to come in while the artist is present to speak with him and/or sign the guest book.
You may also leave a comment about the work via his Instagram @americannibalism or @thefabricofourreality, or you can send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.