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Luke Lombardo, Gauntlet Gallery
Wearable Sculptural Ring
5.25 troy oz. Hand Cast .925 Sterling Silver
3" x 2" x 1.25" (with display: 8" x 5" x 5")
"Monitoring" is a 2 fingered wearable sculpture (in the form of a ring / art jewelry / knuckleduster) depicting members of our global society under constant surveillance in our socially technological world. Our current state of technological awareness has some protesting that Big Brother can access citizens too easily. With GPS, smartphones, satellite supported webmaps, anyone can monitor anyone else. The people depicted are the new generation coming up after the Millenials, called the Homelanders, who will grow up with their entire lives under surveillance, homeland security, digital identity, and monitoring. The subjects are subdued in a dog bowl, symbolizing their unabashed obedience to relinquish their personal data and privacy. The band is comprised of binary code in 0s and 1s. The yellow brick road spiral metaphorically represents this path metaphorically is much like Dorothy meeting the great wizard of OZ, and the underlying themes of a little man behind a big curtain that holds all the information while pulling all the strings. A lone man is seen at the top of the camera, aware and able to jump free away from the grid.
Intended to be worn as well as displayed as a sculpture, the piece comes with Sculpturing, Hand Blown Glass Cloche Dome, Black Engraved Base with Armature, Travel Pouch, and Signed, Numbered, Dated, Fingerprinted Documentation for Provenance.