Romeo Alaeff, 'The Affair of the Diamond Necklace,' 2007. 30 x 44 in. (76.2 x 111.76 cm.) Limited Edition Serigraph Print. Edition 10. In the context of 18th century France, rumors of Marie Antoinette’s purported involvement in the theft of a 2800 carat diamond necklace added to her unpopularity and eventual beheading.

“THE AFFAIR OF THE DIAMOND NECKLACE”

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Romeo Alaeff | War on the Brain

Limited Edition Serigraph Print
Edition | 10

Year, 2007
30 x 44 in. (76.2 x 111.76 cm.) Unframed.

In the context of 18th century France, rumors of Marie Antoinette’s purported involvement in the theft of a 2800 carat diamond necklace added to her unpopularity and eventual beheading.

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Project Text | A study on subconscious bias, the project examines the ways in which “common knowledge” is cued by prejudice or challenged by contradictory world-views. Focusing on the potential for multiple/duplicitous readings of history, “War on the Brain” investigates the biases and blind-spots that influence the evolution of one’s world-view. Using images from art history and the media, as well as “universal” symbols, cultural icons and random noise, the work plays at the intersection between what is actually in the image and what the viewer is predisposed to see. The project is a meditation on the conflicts that arise when what is seen or known is challenged by contradiction, paradox or an opposing view.

“What justification is there for assuming that any given interpretation of an inkblot does not issue from a part of the self bent on deceiving others, or on deceiving oneself for that matter?” – Skeptic’s Dictionary

Materials | Printed with Acid-Free Lascaux Acrylics on soft Somerset Satin printmaking paper.

Printer | Dundee Contemporary Arts Center, Scotland

Note | Signed by the artist. For works with deckled edges, dimensions are approximate. Color reproduction varies from monitor to monitor. Work sold unframed. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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