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ARLINGTON ARTS 2014

ARLINGTON ARTS / DCAC EXHIBIT

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Photographs from my project, "Sneakerhead Nightmare - The Death of Air Jordan", were recently featured in two local shows, The Arlington Arts Gallery Annual Holiday Exhibition and the DC Arts Center "Emancipation" Exhibition.
 
These photographs are a commentary on the financial slavery imposed on our youth by the overwhelming pressure to keep up with the latest clothing styles and electronic devices. The Air Jordan basketball shoe is just one example of how athletic brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour have grown increasingly out of control in today's marketplace.
 
Nike will only release a limited number of each model, thereby encouraging consumers to commit desperate acts to obtain them. Customers have been hurt - and even killed to get the sneakers.
 
My project is partially inspired by artist/activist Ai Weiwei's breaking of Han Dynasty urns. In a similar (but not identical) concept, I have destroyed the collectible and highly coveted Air Jordan 11's. The destruction of these shoes symbolizes freedom from the shackles of commercialism and economic peer pressure.

I received favorable media coverage for these exhibitions. Read the City Paper review:

Sneakerhead destroys his Air Jordans

 and also in this TV segment that aired on WUSA 9, the local CBS affiliate:

Bracing for Air Jordan trouble