Monday, May 31, 2010

Flags: Part 1


For better or worse flags are a distinct form of masculine, decorative expression. We see the Rebel flag on a bumper, Ol' Glory hanging in a dorm room window, or the Union Jack on a leather jacket. For better: we love to declare who we are, where we come from, and what we believe in. For worse: we usually choose unflattering ways of making these declarations, showing off our bad taste rather than proclaiming our ideals. This series of posts is meant to encourage these proclamations, but provide innovative ideas for marrying our vestiges of patriotism with aesthetic sophistication. Murals, curtains, fine art, installations, folk art, pillows and throws, all can be outlets for flag fanatics and will be addressed in more detail in later posts.

This inaugural post is a mere introduction, since this topic is rife with creative inspiration. This week I'll be sharing some flags (in various incarnations) I've come across in my travels, both on road and via web explorations.

Enjoy and have a Happy Memorial Day!

Ret. LTC Kenny Millsap's
American flag in Warrensburg, MO

A small camper/truck on HWY 80 selling various flags.

Yes, that is Barack Obama on the Confederate flag.

Missouri and Iowa State Seal
paintings by Tim Wirth

A small collection of flags,
the green "'M' is for Mustache" flag is
Haylie Bird Waring.

My iPhone cover
and a page
from a vintage Cub Scout Book.

A hand woven piece of folk art depicting the
Puerto Rican flag in the island's silhouette

The Flag to Somewhere
(installation view)

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