Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear

Nancy Chunn

Sep 2016 – May 2017

Nancy Chunn

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, Scene X: Poortown, 2010-2011

detail: Building / Stores

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I will exhibit my 13 1/2 year, site-specific painting-installation Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, updating the folk tale of the paranoid fowl. After 9/11, the media went into overdrive, broadcasting every idiotic, innocuous, hilarious, and (only on rare occasions) poignant dangers. In Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine, Professor Barry Glassner referred to this pathology as a "Culture of Fear" that flooded the public with stories about immigrants, welfare mothers, kidnappings, etc. Listening to all this crap, and not being Jon Stewart, I decided the only way to maintain any sanity in this age of absurdity was to embark on a baroque, obsessive, labor intensive process that has become as insane as the content.

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Nancy Chunn

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, Scene III: The Kitchen, 2005-2006

Nancy Chunn

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, Scene III: The Kitchen, 2005-2006

detail: Chicken Little

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Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, Scene IV: The Bedroom, 2006

detail: Bed

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Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, Scene V: The Jail, 2016

detail: Kitchen Cafeteria

Nancy Chunn

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, Scene V: The Jail, 2016

detail: Women's Wing Upper

Nancy Chunn

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, Scene XI: Fox News, 2016

Nancy Chunn

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, Scene X: Poor Town, 2010-2011

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Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, 2016-2017

installation view

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, 2016-2017

installation view

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, 2016-2017

installation view

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, 2016-2017

installation view

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, 2016-2017

installation view

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, 2016-2017

installation view

Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, 2016-2017

installation view

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