I'm happy to announce that my submission was included in the "My American Internment" online exhibition. Here's my artist statement that describes my photo submitted.
“All Roads Lead to Freedom,” is symbolic about the pursuit of freedom in America. On a recent trip, my flight was delayed at Chicago O’Hare Airport and I was intrigued by how the design in Gate H, relates to the current issue of Mexican internment camps. The American Flags are symbolic of American Freedom and the pursuit of happiness, the world globe and its glowing lights symbolic of welcoming all who come, and the metal pipe ceiling arch symbolic of the camps that separate or confine families. The question we should ask ourselves as a country, “Are we doing our part as the human family to keep refugee families together and to build a road that leads to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?”
From The Human Family Facebook Post:
The online human rights exhibition “My American Internment” has opened. On this 4th of July, consider the meaning of the Declaration of Independence through the work of four distinct artist:
Shane Balkowitsch - Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota based wet plate collodion artist; Kayla Branstetter, Purdy, Missouri based acrylic painter; AshtonArt, Moorhead, Minnesota based oil painter; and Scott Seiler Photography, Fargo, North Dakota based digital photographer.
Visit the exhibition through July 31 at http://ow.ly/5uh950hTnYP Visit The Human Family website: https://www.human-family.org/
North Dakota Cloud Collage by Scott Seiler, one of the seven pieces of artwork selected to be displayed on the utility boxes downtown Fargo, pending one final vote.
(article from inforum.com June 18, 2018. Complete article here. )
FARGO — Downtown Community Partnership and the Business Improvement District have selected the pieces of artwork that will be installed on the seven city-owned electrical boxes downtown, pending one final vote. The art will be displayed on the sporadically placed utility boxes downtown, but most will be found on Broadway, DCP President Melissa Rademacher said. The goal is to have them wrapped and ready to enjoy by July 1, she added.
Earlier this year, a call was issued to local artists to submit artwork for possible placement on a city-owned utility box, Rademacher said. The group received more than 80 pieces of artwork from about 22 artists in the area, she said. A jury of four people reviewed each submission and chose seven of them, she added.
Rademacher said she and her organization want to engage local artists as much as they can.
"We thought hey, what a great opportunity to showcase this local ability, and what a better way than to give these boxes some character and bring them to life," she said.
Rademacher also said she hopes this will catch on so they can work toward the bigger utility boxes.
"We hope this is just the beginning of bringing art into the community," she said. The artwork will be wrapped on electrical boxes by Office Sign Co., a downtown business. The wraps are designed to be long-lasting and weatherproof, she said.
Rademacher said her organization aims to support locals and create a cool and unique experience for people of all ages when they are downtown. Before the designs become official, the city's Arts & Culture Commission will have one more final vote on Wednesday, June 20, to verify that the images are appropriate for public display.
Scott Seiler is a fine art photographer of landscapes and architecture.