Danny Giles, 'The Mask Series'
"The Mask Series" is a collection of mixed-media casts of various novelty masks featuring the likeness of Barak Obama. This series of sculptures looks at identity and representation as complex systems operating at the nexus of fantasy, politics, history and desire. Giles appropriates these masks as a way to provoke further complication of the image. Using materials including plaster, graphite, charcoal and other pigments, the artist presents several versions of the same image, asking the viewer to consider the multiplicity of ways in which the self is configured and represented within the collective imaginary.
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