Jonathan Dankenbring
From the common conspiracy theory to the sly charlatan I find inspiration in the concepts of faith and belief. While I seek a reason for hope in our most cherished modern artifacts, I simultaneously prop up these artifacts, and question their historic validity. The resulting hybrid objects I develop take shape as sculptures, drawings, installations, and prints. The visual language being used in the subsequent forms relies heavily on the now widespread minimalist design aesthetic. This aesthetic can be directly tied to the hyper-consumption that pervades our everyday life and, as a culture, has fully enveloped our ideological footing. The often stark works do not offer a complete and concise piece of reaffirmation. Rather they act as a starting point, a source, a moment of clarity or platform; a place to pause for a brief moment of alien-like perception of the everyday.