The Art of Democracy Is a National Coalition of Art Exhibitions
on the Dire State of American Politics Scheduled for the Fall of 2008.

Milledgeville, Georgia Exhibition
CONTACT: Shannon Morris
email: shannon.morris at

“Executive Branch Suite--Phase II”
Photos of the exhibition here

Bill Fisher

October 16 – December 5, 2008

Phase I
Blue Tower Gallery, Atlanta

Curator: Shannon Morris
Georgia College Museum
Campus Box 43
Milledgeville, GA 31061

office: 478.445.8274 - museum: 478.445.4391
Phase II Opening Event
Georgia College Museum

October 16, 2008 - 5-7 p.m.

In association with Art of Democracy:

“Executive Branch Suite — Phase I”:


Several hours before the 2007, 7:00 PM, opening at Blue Tower Gallery, Atlanta, three 30" x 22" sheets of Stonehenge were mounted to the wall with packing tape. Charcoal portraits of Dick Cheney, Carl Rove and George W. Bush were ready for release at 6:55 PM. A table with drawing media, paper towels and rubber gloves accompanied the work, and the following instructions were posted:


“...That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted...from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government...such is now the necessity...” — DOI, 1776

“...(R)epresentation is inevitably implicated in power and domination yet struggles to reconfigure representation as an act of resistance. In order to do so, it introduces new strategies of reading and interpretation while recognizing the limitations of this endeavor.” — Margaret Kohn, 2006

Please use the provided charcoal, pencils, markers, erasers, and all other means to manipulate, alter and/or abolish these faces of power and domination. There are no limitations. As owner, You are responsible for their ultimate expression. Sign the drawing if you want to. The drawings will remain in the location for 2 months, continuing their transformation and deconstruction at the hands of the public. Executive Branch Suite, Phase II will commence at an undecided location following the close of the Atlanta show. The Phase I palimpsests will be preserved and shown with digital reproductions of their portrait state, with three new drawings completed immediately prior to the opening and the above statement in place. The project will continue in this manner at various venues, and has no current date of completion. Subjects for representation will include members of the White House Cabinet, presidential advisors, members of the DHS, NSA and NSC, bipartisan presidential candidates, lobbyists, corporate executives, political pundits, celebrity activists, religious figures and other high and low-profile movers who directly influence world events and individual rights and liberties.


Bill Fisher's Poster

“Executive Branch Suite — Phase II”:

As a participant in the Art of Democracy national coalition, Fisher will begin work at 5:00 PM October 15, 24 hours immediately prior to the opening of “Executive Branch Suite--Phase II” at the Georgia College Museum, 5:00-7:00 PM, October 16, 2008. The goal will be to produce 24 traditional black and white portraits in various media to be given away to the ink, charcoal, hands and minds of visitors from opening night through the run of the exhibition. Museum visitors will be encouraged to directly confront the work on view, interacting through manipulation of the plastic media directly on the existing drawings. Executive Branch Suite also expands upon the historical role of the museum as an institutional warehouse of static "fine art," the traditional definitions, functions and interaction of art, artist and audience, the acceptable behavioral patterns, rights and privileges of museum visitors, active citizenship, artistic authorship and individual ownership of ideas.

Bill Fisher is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia.

As a critique of the mechanisms of cultural domination, Fisher’s work aims to subvert the tools of hegemony. Recent experiments in shared authorship examine quantification of the individual and identity, cults of the intellect and the expert, and the cynicism of Empire.

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