A conceptual multi layered artwork on the United States idea of democracy. Democracy means “the rule of people”. It is a system of government in which the citizens exercise power to elect representatives from among themselves to form a governing body. The uncertainty of outcomes is inherent in democracy, which makes all forces struggle repeatedly to the realization of their interest. Our broad individual interpretation of democracy adds another level or complexity to this piece. Democracy has rules, exhibits competition, challenges, skills, strength and luck; in the negative case the system is manipulated and unscrupulous.
To exhibit this aesthetic I repurposed a 1969 Gottlieb & Co. pinball machine. The playfield displays a number of core issues relative to the two extremes of our contemporary democracy, liberalism and conservatism. The playfield determined the number of core issues relative to the two extremes of our democracy: liberal and conservative.
This piece resides in the permanent collection of the Artemizia Foundation Contemporary Art Museum.