Archive: When the Medium is Not the Message, 2008

Archive: When the Medium is Not the Message, 2008

above: When the Medium is Not the Message ii; detail

When the Medium is Not the Message, 2008

The intermingling of text and image in carefully crafted grids was a dominant theme in classical Persian manuscripts and the 19th century newspapers. My compositions and frames in this series make up a stratum reminiscent of those used in the 19th century Persian newspapers. I use ink, tea and printmaking techniques: screen-printing and monotype, as the production methods for my pages. The content is inspired by my observations and conceptual themes that dominate contemporary mass media and I draw on images from our modern world. In my newspaper pages, illustrations accompany illegible texts and false columns. Medium is Not the Message series conceptually emphasizes those phenomena made irrelevant through intentional omission or manipulation.  In this regard, the illegibility of text is a metaphor for ignorance of masses, and misrepresentation perpetuated by dominant media.

 

4-xs

When the Medium is Not the Message i, 2008, ink, tea, and silkscreen on paper, 28″ x 22″

2-xs

When the Medium is Not the Message ii, 2008, ink, tea, and silkscreen on paper, 28″ x 22″

1

When the Medium is Not the Message iii, 2008, ink, tea, and silkscreen on paper, 28″ x 22″

6-xs

When the Medium is Not the Message iv, 2008, ink, tea, and silkscreen on paper, 28″ x 22″

7aa

When the Medium is Not the Message v, 2008, ink, tea, and silkscreen on paper, 28″ x 22″

5-xs

When the Medium is Not the Message vi, 2008, ink, tea, and silkscreen on paper, 28″ x 22″

3-xs

When the Medium is Not the Message vii, 2008, ink, tea, and silkscreen on paper, 28″ x 22″

 

When the Medium is Not the Message series has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in San Jose Sate University gallery and Climate Theater in California.