USA participating artists: Mike Merkenschlager

Mike Merkenschlager

I’m interested in the potential of images within image-literate societies: as visual information, as surrogates for ideas and as things. In Crossed Fingers, we see a familiar hand gesture staged for the camera. In the 1950s an American safe company used this image to criticise our reliance on luck and our faith in the supernatural. But images have a habit of not being the best at doing what they were intended to do. So what does this image mean now, here, and now, and now?

Mike Merkenschlager is a London-based visual artist, working primarily with photographic images.                                                                                         MM 2013