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Flags symbolize power and represent qualities of the people that stand beneath them. To alter a flag changes what it means. Burn a flag or fly another’s above your own as an act of political dissent, fly a flag at half mast to memorialize someone who has passed on, present a commemorative flag to the family of a fallen soldier or departed veteran, fly a flag upside down as a distress signal, and so on and so forth.
In the United States, popular culture abounds with images of women wrapped in red, white, blue, stars, and stripes. ALLEGIANCE (a photographic image acid dye printed onto a full-size flag) collapses the problematic relationship between desire and power in on itself by re-framing this device. A body and a flag appear clearly printed on the surface of this custom fabricated flag. Tight cropping, however, makes it difficult to decipher whose body and whose flag ALLEGIANCE depicts, especially when flying in high Chicago winds.
Tim Stigliano was born and raised in New Jersey. He moved to Boston for college and stayed there for fourteen years. In 2010, he married Maria Guerriero and relocated to Portland, OR, to attend graduate school. Mr. Stigliano completed his MFA in Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art this past spring. He has exhibited his drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos, and performances nationally.