Dusty Herbig




Conceal/Reveal:  New Work from the Faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts


November 6, 2014 – January 18, 2015


Artist Statement


My research seeks to draw conclusions and develop contradictions about the dichotomy of power – energy. Whether questioning origins of power, (sun – fossil fuels) the lengths humans go to in order to obtain power, (surveillance – war) or the ramifications for the prospecting for power, (famine – global warming) the work seeks to open dialogue about what exactly power can mean to divergent populations around the globe.

The work I am presenting in this exhibition is a collection of full-scale, life-sized 2-dimensional drones. These human controlled robots have many uses including surveillance and reconnaissance. My position in this piece is that governments go to great lengths to explore the globe for sources of power, and to gather information about everyone’s every move, all without detection. Though invented to keep soldiers on the battlefield out of harms way, they can be used for more nefarious assignments, which is where my mind immediately wanders during the production of this specific work.

Since Syracuse’s Hancock Field is home to the 174th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard, a division of the Unites States Air Force Combat Command, I felt inclined to do a project dealing with the subject. Although the drones controlled by pilots living in this area are not the micro-drone, “Black Hornet” shown in this installation, they serve to emphasize the massive push to minimize casualties. I feel this use of drones is just another example of the erosion of our freedom as Americans, I hope to draw attention to the similarities of this encroachment to what occurred leading up the beginning of WWII. I hope that as Americans, and as citizens of this earth, we are not doomed to repeat history, and caught snoozing . . .