Using the forms of drawing, painting, and sculptural assemblage, David Flaugher’s work investigates themes of collective celebration, family values, and preservation in an era of economic uncertainty. It is inspired, in part, by the atrophy of his hometown Detroit, Michigan, over the past 30 years—a city which has come to serve as a key example of the United States’ transition from an industrial economy based on manufacture to a post-industrial economy of information. Flaugher works within the hinge of this transition. Using a subtle, site-specific process, he sifts through the material and ideological refuse of domestic spaces, considering the shifting values and associations that cast-off material’s can hold. Taken together, these efforts comprise a contemplation of the functional, intellectual, and affective valences of everyday things, wherever “the everyday” is tinted by economic hardship.
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