The work is built from two rolls of found film, a set of tempera paintings, and glass. It is meant to produce a context for the emotional appraisal of an aspect of American culture that is rarely described because it is difficult to name. Between the 1920s and 1960s, the feeling of normality occupied by those who were able to sense its privilege shifted from stable, legalized states of white supremacy backed by state violence to more psychological and mythological positions of projection and fantasy. The mundane life of this brutality is felt on many levels in the United States, continuously bright but dark as mud, like flags left in the attic.
Source: Tone Hansen/Marit Paasche, We are living on a star, catalogue 2014
Doug Ashford talks about Bakersfield CA, 2013 at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter: