[ISEA95] Artist Statement: Wayne Draznin — The Surveillance Series

Artist Statement

Data acquisition, fear, personal life, files, privacy, security, safety, freedom… a maze of contradictory needs and desires. We know the world better than we ever have before; our fear and unease grow steadily. The omnipresent security camera is the sign of this knowledge and fear. It represents a fundamental trade: the surrendering of individual space for protective environment. It offers the reality and illusion of safety through information. For the past few years, my work has focused on the contradictions quietly bubbling beneath the surface of the information grid.

  • Wayne Draznin (USA) is an installation artist whose work incorporates computer imagery, video, audio and sculptural elements in an investigation of communication, representation and social relationships. He teaches in the Foundations and Photography Departments at the Cleveland Institute of Art (USA).