Morning In America
To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. - Samuel Beckett
Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese collaborate together as Ligorano/Reese. They undertake a wide range of artistic activities from computer activated fiber optic textiles to limited edition multiples.
Since 1995, they’ve made artworks that comment on politics. In 2003, they made their first temporary monument, an ice sculpture of the word “Democracy,” which they installed in the garden of Jim Kempner Fine Art.
In 2008 they reprised that piece, taking it to the convention cities of Denver and St Paul during the Democratic and Republican Conventions there. They followed those ice sculptures with another one of the word “Economy” on the 79th anniversary of the Great Depression in 2008 in front of the New York Supreme Court Building in lower Manhattan.
In 2012, the artists will unveil ice sculptures of the words “Middle Class” in Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina, during the conventions in prime public locations to draw attention to the effects of the economy on the shrinking working and middle classes. They artists will document the process of the ice sculptures disappearing in video and film.