Arts pick: society’s most troubling problems

cereality art
Today’s arts pick is a masterpiece that represents some of society’s most troubling problems. Though constructed of material commonly associated with childhood and innocence, the piece is an abstraction of the segregation and bigotry that pervade our culture.

The artist has chosen an unusual medium for this picture, one originally intended to act as a harmonious, complementary mixture. However, not only are the medium’s components separated by color (a statement about our tendency to self-isolate), they are arranged in a hierarchy, with the red focal point representing the upper-strata of the privilege pyramid.

This focal point is the springboard for further deconstruction of the work. The bull’s-eye location of the central element, as well as its red, dangerous color, symbolize the fragility of the hierarchy as the outer circles grow in number and power. The center cannot hold, and it is only a matter of time before the components decompose into their initial, heterogeneous condition.

This brilliant work of art is on display at Cereality, on the 3600 block of Walnut Street in Philadelphia. For more information about the gallery, please visit Mr. Scott Blankbaby.

7 responses to “Arts pick: society’s most troubling problems”

  1. gil

    I am just going to have to call bullshit on all that. What that really is, is a table placemat from Wal-mart that was on sale for $1.99 down from $3.99 because it would not sell. Rednecks generally go for confederate flags and the sort, so artsy type stuff just doesn’t cut it. But it might look pretty good in someones office.

  2. Sassy J

    Rainbow Cheerios encased in plastic? Is this a left over political piece from the election supporting gay pride? Or does this piece speak to life’s journey? We start out an unmarked, unblemished piece of toasted oat (sort of like your soul), and then take on the hues of life’s experiences. We pass through different phases, radiating from the core of our childhood (and you can insert or leave out Freudian or Lacanian references here)–eventually returning to our childish state in old age (the cherrios on the corners are once again neutral and returned to their primary state–all mental cognition gone, Alzheimers has set in, and we are no longer an intact whole, but broken into pieces). The fact that it may be a placemat sold at Wal-Mart is like a snapshot of life, that can be spilled on and still maintain its image really makes it both a subversive statement from a buyer at Wal-Mart that they should support gay rights (and really don’t considering their 97% contribution to right wing causes), as well as a brilliant commentary on this snapshot of life.

  3. tina

    It needed a few Fruit Loops to complete the intended dimension of cereality.

  4. Becky

    I am shocked and hurt at the implication that I would put bullshit on this weblog.

  5. Clair

    I wonder what the blue ones taste like?

  6. Theresa

    “The fact that it may be a placemat sold at Wal-Mart is like a snapshot of life, that can be spilled on and still maintain its image really makes it both a subversive statement from a buyer at Wal-Mart that they should support gay rights (and really don’t considering their 97% contribution to right wing causes), as well as a brilliant commentary on this snapshot of life.”

    Brilliant. We should all go buy fruit loops at Walmart as a political statement. That’ll show ’em.

    keep fruitloops gay!

  7. Tom

    I thought they were Spaghettio’s.