Where do the evolutionaries stand on issues of public concern? Thanks to Norm Magnusson and a whole whack of aluminum and acrylic, the answer to this question and a host of others is now in plain sight. Drawing on the historical markers that have traditionally pointed out a careful selection of people and events that have shaped history, Magnusson has created a series of signs reflecting the faces and places of today. By posting the concerns of contemporary individuals who “on this site stood”, the artist unexpectedly draws our attention to the social and political controversies of the present.
A new set of markers has been created especially for an upcoming exhibition by the Aldrich Contempoary Art Museum, who will install Magnusson's signs along Main Street in Ridgefield, Connecticut from June 24 to August 12. One of these signs reads as follows: On this site stood Jane Kino, whose white male coworkers earn 39% more than she does for doing the same job. And another: On this site stood Ian Wikno. Joined the army reserve to pay for college, sent to Iraq March 2005, has not yet returned.
Magnusson firmly believes that signage has the power to shape ideas. “Historical markers are an inherently interesting vehicle for socially pointed thoughts. The types of people who stop to read them are collectively defined more by their curiosity about the world around them than they are by any shared ideological leanings, which makes them a perfect audience for a carefully-crafted message.”
For more information, visit the website of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum,