Centered around a perceived sense of disenfranchisement, there is an active social movement populated by a certain section of the white American male. Upset at political correctness, immigration, the loss of jobs and a way of life, an intense anger and disillusionment has rippled through the deeper parts of this community. For many, viewing the previous Administrations as unwilling to help and even complicit it their demise, a profound concern that their future had already dissipated has become the rallying cry.
Pre-election last summer, I started exploring the above social phenomenon, focusing my attention on the Angry White Male. By combining the methods of self-performance that has been the core of my art practice with both constructed and documentative photographic approaches; this series channels the anger and emotion of the white male, ages 18-55.
Originally conceived of as an olive branch to bring these voices into the conversation, and to respond to the shrinking middle class, the working poor and the men who feel that they are being left behind, this project seeks to continue in that vein as a way of finding important common ground. By weaving the history of whiteness and class in America with current appropriations of angry white male culture into a constructed narrative, my goal is that this work will find a place in the ongoing dialogue on economics, race, masculinity and class, a reflection of an important sign of the times, taking on new meaning as the story of America continues to unfold.