The Hall of Shame


Jarred Elrod "The Hall of Shame"

Jarred Elrod’s “The Hall of Shame” at the Texas Tech Satellite Gallery @CASP tackles a (perhaps unintentionally comic) juxtaposition: things all liberals don’t like superimposed on things some liberals don’t like.


Jarred Elrod "The Hall of Shame"

Jarred Elrod "The Hall of Shame"

More specifically, Elrod places images of items, practices, and policies deemed shameful onto mock football helmets with accompanying slogans. The Huntsville Homophobics, Inglewood Indian Removal, Milwaukee Military Industrial Complex, Alamogordo Atomic Warfare, and Selma Segregation are all team names and are given graphics affixed to the helmets, presenting memorabilia from the nominal football teams.


Jarred Elrod "The Hall of Shame"

Pairing these cultural invocations that are actually shameful (who’s in favor of the Military Industrial Complex?) with the widely beloved symbol of American football—a sport which perhaps ought to be ignoble (due to its violence, hero worship, gladiatorial sacrifice of the body for entertainment, and undemocratic corporatism) aims to highlight a backward set of priorities.


Jarred Elrod "The Hall of Shame"


Whether it succeeds is up to the viewer’s sensibility on political statement (though Elrod has a "suggestions" wall). Is placing images of things we don’t like on a thing we like, but ought not to, good political discourse? You decide.


Jarred Elrod "The Hall of Shame"

Jarred Elrod "The Hall of Shame"

*The author's opinions are his own. Images courtesy of the artist. "The Hall of Shame" is on view by appointment through Landmark Arts in the Texas Tech University School of Art.

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