The impact of the poster is undeniable, and a series of posters have the ability to multiply the impact and further the story. Immediately drawn by the title series of this exhibition I really liked what I found: a guttural reaction alongside great graphics and delicious use of color. But best of all, I get a glimpse of the man behind the show and his struggle to find his place in a new home.
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I funded the exhibit through Kickstarter and I encourage you to watch the 3-minute video for some historical context. Last fall, I began working on a satirical exhibit called A Bunch of Crock. It was a response to the current public discourse and the political landscape in the US. Being a Pakistani immigrant living in Arizona, the last election cycle and the general anti-immigrant rhetoric prevalent at that time was particularly alarming. Going through various campaign ads, I almost felt like the jokes were already written and all I had to do was find a nice bow to put on them.
A Bunch of Crock opened in a gallery in downtown Phoenix in December 2010 and showed until January 2011.
The exhibit consisted of a series of 12 prints, a video installation that yelled obscene public service announcements at the audience, an audio installation called “Box of Bullshit” and a game involving audience participation called “The Fling Some Shit Game.”
I knew what I wanted the posters to look like. I had an image in my mind of a time from the 50s and 60s where everything hadn’t quite gone to hell yet&emdash;a time before immigrants came here en masse and ruined everything. I couldn’t get that image out of my head because there is so much history you have to completely ignore to believe something like that. Yet, it would appear, that many do. And so I based the poster series on that image.
Matching the right ad with the right slogan was more challenging than I had thought. I spent more money on books in just a few weeks than I have in the past few years combined. On the plus side, I now have enough vintage ads to last me a lifetime.
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