WE ARE THE ASTEROID III, 2019. Text and sandblasted, solar-powered LED message board. Text by Timothy Morton. Approx. 152” x 84”/ 386 cm x 213 cm. Photo: courtesy of the artist

Justin Brice Guariglia: WE ARE THE ASTEROID III (2019)

January 25 - Monday, April 15, 2019 (All day)
Moody Center for the Arts, West Lawn
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Justin Brice Guariglia: WE ARE THE ASTEROID III (2019)
Moody Center for the Arts, West Lawn
January 25 – April 15, 2019

WE ARE THE ASTEROID III is a conceptual, text-based artwork by Brooklyn-based artist Justin Brice Guariglia (b. 1974). One of a series, the repurposed highway sign features texts by Rice Professor Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English and author of HYPEROBJECTS: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, among other publications.

This solar-powered LED message board – like those typically found at construction sites – alerts viewers to slow down and beware of dangers ahead. Instead of road conditions, however, the board features aphorisms calling attention to ecological issues such as “TRIASSIC WEATHER AHEAD,” “WARNING: HURRICANE HUMAN” and “WE ARE THE ASTEROID.” Through poetry, metaphor, and humor, audiences are drawn into the conversation, prompting diverse discussions about the planetary crisis.