In Defense of Collection (Thoughts on Transparency)
Artist’s Book, Deluxe Edition
Handmade box, pencils, letterpress, woodcut, glassine envelope
Edition of 1
The inset text on the lid of the box is an excerpt from former US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper’s false testimony before a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on March 12, 2013. Mr. Clapper stated that the NSA was not collecting any data on US citizens.
Inside the box there are four black pencils, printed with the phrase, “In defense of James Clapper, the least untruthful statement is merely incomplete, not false. Below the pencils, a small transparent envelope conceals a woodcut of clouds. The word “COLLECT” is letterpress printed on the envelope and the back of the print inside.
This piece explores the use of “semantics” to obfuscate and manipulate information in order to hide the truth.