november, 2020

20novAll Day02janEyes Wide Open: Surveillance SeriesGALLERY VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT ONLYThe Gallery at The Kranzberg, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103Art Form:Visual ArtFree, Reservations Required

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Nov. 20, 2020 – Jan. 2, 2021, at the Gallery at The Kranzberg*
*Gallery visits by appointment only with COVID-19 mitigation policies in place. 

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Frequent use of digital technology like cell phones and computers plays such a seductive, pervasive role in my life (and nearly everyone’s), especially during this pandemic.  Embracing the latest news, message, app, or software, I capture, link and distribute what interests me.  Also constant, but less obvious in our lives, are networks of digital surveillance that invade our privacy with virtually every online activity.  Surveillance by digital cameras has proliferated, providing an endless loop of doubtful examination and ultimately revealing critical threats to freedom, civil liberty and identity privacy.  Our email, phone calls, texting, online activities like personal finances, photographs, social media and business communications, political preferences, and location/movements are targeted.

My art looks back at these government, corporate, and personal cameras –especially at the vast insertion of surveillance cameras into the natural world –and focuses on the secretive relationship between subject and spectator. With a diverse range of media including frescos, mixed media, 3D printing, video and installation, I examine the tangled, complex and hidden aspects of this intrusion.  Proliferate consists of 12 recycled Altoid peppermint boxes, each housing a miniature fresco painting of a different eye watching back.  Are these eyes of the victims, of the all-seeing state, or of anyone with the means to watch?  For the floor installation USofA Drone Carpet, I learned 3-D design software in order to print 105 tiny drone sculptures (based on the Black Hornet military surveillance drone) using selective laser sintering on nylon powder.  Arranged in the pattern of the American flag, but in grayscale color on camouflage, the drones offer a somber critique the United States.

The word surveillance comes from sur (French, -over) veiller (French, -watch; Latin, vigilare – to keep watch): literally, to watch over.  My hope is to increase awareness of government/corporate intrusion into our personal and civic lives.

Margaret Keller, 2020


November 20 (Friday) - January 2 (Saturday)


The Gallery at The Kranzberg

501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

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