The Art of Discrimination by Nolan Haan
Artists Can Defy Gravity.
The advantage of being an artist is we can do things impossible in nature. Making a cube of cinder blocks float weightlessly, for example. My goal was to portray tranquility, using my cinder blocks, of course. Depicting tranquility with cement proved challenging. But what if a huge cube of concrete blocks floated effortlessly on a wall? An artist's perogative. How would it look floating on YOUR wall?
The painting on the right is The Art of Discrimation. When I come upon a person who is physically challenged, I react in specific ways. Depending on the severity of the deformity, I tend to respond with either avoidance, indifference, or curiosity. I am ashamed of these reactions, but I believe they are typical human responses. My goal was to show the avoidance response, using my cinder blocks to express this human behavior.