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Dread Scott

...Or Does it Explode? (2003), duratrans, lightboxes, spoken word audio, 16 x 18 x 1'

…Or Does it Explode? (2003), duratrans, lightboxes, spoken word audio, 16 x 18 x 1′



Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. He first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over its use of the American flag. President G. H.W. Bush declared his artwork, What is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?, “disgraceful” and the entire US Senate denounced this work when they passed legislation to “protect the flag.” To oppose this law and other efforts that would effectively make patriotism compulsory, he, along with three other protesters, burned flags on the steps of the US Capitol. This resulted in a Supreme Court case and a landmark First Amendment decision. Dread works in a range of media including installation, photography, screen-printing, video, performance and painting. The breadth of media he explores is unified by the themes he addresses. His art illuminates the misery that this society creates for so many and it often encourages the viewer to envision how the world could be.