Washington Park in Downtown Newark
Left to right: Broad Street Station, Polhemus House, YWCA Building, Newark Museum, Ballantine House,
Second Presbyterian Church, American Insurance Company, Newark Public Library
When I examine old pictures of my neighborhood in Newark’s archives, I realize that so much of my city’s built environment has vanished. This trend will continue, as it does in most cities where old buildings outlive their use. If not in the form of my city’s physical destruction, this loss is in the form of my gradual loss of childhood memories. To reconcile this, I built the below model as my own souvenir. This keepsake will forever remind me of my Newark identity.
The landmarks depicted are selected from my neighborhood and include my childhood home. The buildings are drawn with ink and pastel on thick paper, which is then cutout to form a two-dimensional silhouette. The trolleys travel back and forth down the street and are magnetically operated by a crank and hidden string beneath the street. The tracks guide the trains up, down, and into the tunnel. These trolleys are modeled on those that used to exist in Newark, long before my time here.
Perhaps, this models presents a more romanticized and idealized Newark than the city that actually exists.
Newark Public Library
James Street Ensemble
Presbyterian Church / Broad St. Station
American Insurance / Public Library
The following images are political style cartoons about nationalism, fascism, and communism. They are drawn in the pedantic and high-contrast style of propaganda images from the Soviet Union. The rigid use of geometry and symmetry is intentional to communicate the oppression these regimes stand for.
Shell Oil monopoly
So called Land of the Free (homage to Germania)
God Bless America
God Bless Nationalism
Communism (homage to “Sleeping Peasants” by Jean-François Millet)
Sarcastic homage to McCarthyism
Fascist corporate cabal
The last proletariat on the Ford assembly line
Chairman Mao drinks Coca-Cola
Long live capitalism
Conspiracy theories and the JFK assassination on TV
McDonald’s Fast Food Slaughter Machine
This image is inspired by H.G. Wells’ 1895 book The Time Machine. H.G. Wells describes two worlds. The world above is a peaceful garden and amusement park full of naïve residents. Monsters live in the dark world below of tunnels, machines, and the equipment that sustains the aboveground garden. In my rendition of H.G. Wells’ story monsters emerge at night with their nasty machines to harvest people for “USDA approved grade A” burger patties.
A Goliath made of corporate logos fights a tiny David dressed as Uncle Sam.