U.S. Flag

October 2000
  • screenprint on paper
  • 18″h x 25″w

This print looks like an ordinary United States flag, but a closer inspection reveals hidden text printed over the flag. On the red stripes is printed every country in the United Nations, except the United States of America. Over the white stripes, names of companies which have a major influence on US policy – companies like Bechtel, Disney, Archer Daniels Midland, Monsanto, and others. Printed over the stars, of course, dollar signs. The text layer is printed over the color layer with a clear gloss and only appears upon reflection from a light source.

Viewers looking at the flag straight on will not see the content. Viewers who spend the time to look more closely will discover the hidden text as the light passes over different areas of the print.

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