WEEK 10 – ARTIST OF THE WEEK – Joseph DeLappe

Joseph DeLappe

DeLappe_Joseph300x450DeLappe is currently spreading his knowledge of art at the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno. Much of his work is largely influenced by modern military and social issues. DeLappes art has a huge message for citizens today. Most of us know someone who has served for our country, making his work relatable. DeLappe expresses frustrations that are shown by millions of Americans. Especially after the Patriot Act that was passed by President Bush, NSA has had the authority to retain phone logs and information as counter terrorist measure.

       “Liberty Weeps” is a cardboard imitation of the Statue of Liberty but is instead altered to have the statue weeping into her open hands. This piece was created with two other artists reflecting on the current state of “truth, justice and liberty” in these United States.Manifest_Justice_Day_85311final_800 This piece stands out due to the current events that have been taking place in our country and around the world. DeLappe’s work stimulates viewers to question or criticize the role of the government and military. Here we question the authenticity of our liberties. The current political campaign has left voters unimpressed with their candidate options. Many people feel that Clinton and Trump are inappropriate for the presidential position; the Weeping Liberty expresses the voters political frustration, not only with the political candidates but numerous other issues such as the abuse of power by police enforcement. Here we see DeLappe with a homemade ‘drone’ attached to his 72_drone-three-quarterhead to depict what life would like with drones everywhere. This piece reminds me of the book 1984 in the sense that drones will one day be abused by the government to seek  “power entirely for its own sake. It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested solely in power.” Here we see the repeated message that the government may not always have the citizens rights and liberties as a priority. Drones have lead citizens to question the intentions of the governmental and military application of modern technology. Drones can be very helpful and make life easier but there’s also a high risk for privacy concerns. DeLappe describes this work as  a piece that is ‘designed for insecurity and comfort”. DeLappe encourages his students to create their own perception of drones and how they will increasing gain a role in our lives.

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