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Untitled 3 by I Cox

Untitled

Artist: Ian Cox '11

From the artist's statement: Cox's work references real estate practices called "blockbusting" in which fears of racial integration were used to convince whites to sell their homes at below market prices, after which those same homes were sold to African-Americans at above market prices. The chipboard used reflects the current result of these practices and suggests a possible alternative through working collectively to build something new. The references to that are intrinsic in the material itself: particles coming together to form a whole, a two man cross cut saw, two saws going into the one pedestal, and baseball as a team sport. On the baseball bat are the names of the top movies, or blockbusters, of all time as a reference to the opiates of our society that may keep us content with the way things are.