Andrews, P. William
Rieth, Herbert III
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
College of Architecture, Art and Design
Department of Art
The Continuing Ballad of Franco the Kid is an installation housing a collection of thoughts, both static and animated, addressing the absurdities of cultural dichotomy in contemporary America. Its theme-park aesthetic is an intentional appropriation meant to echo the spectacle that makes up America’s cultural landscape. Within this presentation the action of various iconic characters merge with fragmented text to form an allegorical matrix used to address America’s consumption and entertainment-obsessed culture and the consequential malaise induced by such obsession. The Continuing Ballad of Franco the Kid addresses this cultural state of being while underscoring current methods of communication and thought-control carefully orchestrated by corporate driven media machines, and the resulting dangers of such productions.
Triplett, Jayson Ming, "The continuing ballad of Franco the Kid" (2008). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 4296.