2020 PICK OF WEEK #22
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This work is by Matthew Wright.
It's a small world...
of chemical agents left in the sky by high-flying aircraft, sprayed for the nefarious purpose of controlling our minds while hiding signs of it in their advertising… after all..
Author – Anonymous online quotation
Media – Gouache on Indian Cotton Rag n
This is one of many works from the series Calligraphy in a Post-truth Era where the artist finds online quotations from conspiracy theorists. This particular work is about the conspiracy of chemtrails, which refers to a theory that governments or other parties are engaged in a secret program to release toxic chemicals into the atmosphere which forms visible plumes in the sky. The purpose of the chemtrails varies from sterilization, reduction of life expectancy or mind control.

In this age of modern technology, the internet offers the ability to quickly gain information but to deteriorate it as well. The attempt of the work is to juxtapose a sincere script with a ludicrous statement, asking the viewer to consider if the calligrapher/artist is a true believer in the content or just a calligraphy troll.

These works reference Poe’s Law, which is an adage of internet culture that states that “without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken for a sincere expression of the views being parodied.”

Basically, without a winking smiley, it’s impossible to parody extremism.  

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