Death of a Culture (No More Jacksons)

Drawing: Graphite diptych on one yellow and one off-white sheet of wove paper
9 x 12 in. (each sheet)
Date: 1984

Joseph Nechvatal’s drawings attempt to create a visual analog for some of the cultural, political, art historical, and philosophical aspects of noise. Upon close examination of these drawings, figures emerge from the chaos of the compositions. Each individual, however, appears trapped and alienated from the others while simultaneously being buried under a swirling vortex of lines and shading, seemingly lost among the visual “noise” of the composition.

All works by Joseph Nechvatal
RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design
Accession: 2009.59.19
  • The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Rhode Island. RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, July 20, 2012 – December 2, 2012.

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