I am interested in things around us that signal our values and desires, and describe how we communicate. Billboards and signs are examples. They are such common and ever-present parts of our visual landscape that we hardly even see them anymore. However, they catch my eye, and readily lend themselves to metaphor, marking space as they take up their positions. The messages we get from signs about who we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to care about are often conflicting and absurd. Signs are messages carrying messages, and their physical presence alone says a lot about what we are willing to do with the space we have. My work reflects this tragicomic situation.
Nicholas Ruth, 2018
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