America in Color
Brian Dailey received his Masters of Fine Arts in Conceptual Art and Painting from Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in International Relations at the University of Southern California. His current work continues to involve performance and conceptual art using various media including photographic processes, digital film, installations, and painting.
This book serves as a color-coded time capsule of the myriad faces of the U.S.populace situated literally and symbolically against a backdrop of the contemporary political landscape. Even as America in Color resonates with other iconic photographic projects, such as August Sander’s People of the 20th Century or Irving Penn’s Small Trades, in its conceptual nature, use of color symbolism, and hybrid forms, Dailey’s series offers a contemporary take on this genre, translating portraiture into a twenty-first-century idiom.
In provisional studios set up in various locals in twenty states across 20,000 miles of both rural and urban America, he invited passersby to express their identity and character through their undirected posture before the camera and the selection of a colored backdrop representative of their political affiliation: blue for Democratic, red for Republican, gray for Independent, green for Green Party, and yellow for non-voters. America in Color unabashedly engages with political and social issues of our time, provocatively encapsulating the broad diversity of individuals that constitute the democratic foundation of America today.