This week’s Gatov-East art gallery exhibition featured silkscreen posters from Nolan Reiter. I chose to interview him and share my experiences from this gallery because the story behind Reiter’s artwork resonated strongly with me. His goal is to use art as a platform to share the raw cultural differences among communities throughout the world.
The idea behind this first poster is to present a symbol of anarchy in Caracas, Venezuela. The half-finished skyscraper, as shown in the poster, serves as a symbol for failed capitalism, dysfunction, and self-development. It came to represent the city’s center of crime, which might heavily contrast the democracy and liberty that America stands for. As residents, we often take advantage of our freedoms without recognizing the different forms of government that exist within other countries.
In addition to political and social variations, there are also divided economic values across cultures. This piece aims to explore the differences of cultures in regards to how they view childhood. Statistically, it costs about $245,000 to raise a child from birth to 18 years of age whereas in other countries, children are expected to repay their parents for their expenses up until the age of 16.
In high school, I studied a lot of these cultural differences among diverse countries, using America as the standard of comparison. Still, I felt those remnants of the cultural shock when I read about Reiter’s research. I find it incredibly interesting how he uses printmaking to communicate his experiences and explorations. The graphic element definitely has its unique way of capturing the audience’s attention in order to pass along relevant and necessary information.