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I was photographing signs for years before I realized I was amassing a collection. On an individual basis, I was usually shooting some perceived absurdity. On some occasions, perhaps a design layout that I found exciting, would draw me in. However, only recently did I spread them out and examine the collection as a body of work. In this context, I feel an unnerving subtext on the state of the U.S. itself. Were the populous of the country to disappear tomorrow, the signs left behind would read as an epitaph detailing a fearful, deluded place, and a culture that has consistently put the wealth of few over the sufferings of many.

The following photos are from the series American Signage, Arrangements and Propaganda.



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Clark Allen is an artist living in California.