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Kafka's The Trial ... again?

kaf_pinup Oops, I've done it. I typed a dangerous keyword. I assume the NSA supercomputers in Utah (is that you, WOPR?) are monitoring this blog post. I should have written Éd\/\/ård $nø\/\/dén. Or would that escalate suspicion? Can supercomputers identify irony? I read Kafka's The Trial in high school, and it only seemed relevant in an "over there" kind of way. Totalitarian control, spying, kangaroo courts and insurmountable bureaucracy were Soviet issues, not American ones. As such, my reading of the book then, and in college, always felt a bit casual. Not so anymore. With the public debate about state surveillance now an American issue, Kafka's work seems more relevant than ever. It's a cautionary tale about standing on the sidelines. For this design, I took two lines from the story: "Was he alone? Was it everyone?" They sum up Joseph K's paranoia and capture the contradictions explored in the book - life without privacy, yet completely isolating. The design is a pattern of doors. Behind them, endless hallways and agent offices - the machinery of man. Is there a human behind them who may help? Another conspirator? Light floods through an open door. An exit? The light reveals the shadow cast by a surveillance camera, or perhaps all the doors are surveillance cameras, and the only way out is the final, permanent exit. Fun times. It's almost enough to make you nostalgic for the eighties. - Evan  Buy Print in the Etsy Shop View More Illustrations


Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Anthony

That is sublime !

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Evan

Fantastic! The same print is downtown in NYC at this fantastic place: http://www.distilledny.com/gallery/

That print loves bars. Faulkner would approve. :)

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Evan

Thanks, Anthony! I hope Kafka would approve of a sublime expression of the ridiculous. :)

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Lindsay

Last night during dinner at a local restaurant, I noticed one of your prints hanging on the wall! It’s even featured on their website: http://thewhiskeyjarcville.com/ (scroll through the home page slide show to about #15, I think) Thought you might enjoy knowing where your prints end up!

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