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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Steven Deo, United States

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Proposal Title: hearts and minds, 12/12/2007, Installation

Proposal Synopsis: the phrase hearts and minds has been heard frequently in the press. the phrase has also become a stradegy for war. as an artist i began to think about the literal image. the brain is the dwelling of the mind. we store knowledge in this part of our being. the two words human and knowledge is the concept for rendering the mind portion of the phrase. encyclopedia is the material that came to mind(no pun intended) as a logical medium for rendering the brain. the heart is the central part of our body that feeds us life. we are nature. the tree has a central core called the heart or heartwood. the heart of the wood is the metaphor for the human heart. i propose an installation that would have 4 rectangles on the floor. consisting of rows and rows of brains made of encyclopedia pulp. the brains would be framed by heartwood from young cedar trees.....each rectangle shape would be approximately 50" w x 80"lg

Artist's Biography: deo' work is included in the legacy project, a global exchange about the enduring consequences of many historical tragedies. deo has exhibited at numerous venues throughout the u.s. including the museum of art and design(new york). the national museum of the american indian(new york). the smithsonian institute(washington d.c.), the orange county center for contemporary art(santa ana,CA). deo received the joan mitchell foundation artist grant in 2005 and in 2003 received the lorenzo de medici award for sculpture at the biennale dell'arte contemporanea(florence,italy), deo holds a BFA from the san francisco art institute and resides in L.A. county.

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