Multi-disciplinary artists, Michael Cimino, transforms the Art Center of St. Peter into a new dimension with his installation for the August 27 grand opening. "Allegiance" aims to raise questions regarding our society's cultural codes and ideas surrounding the American flag. After gathering hundreds of retired flags from Veterans of Foreign Wars posts around Minnesota, Cimino fills a gallery from floor to ceiling with Old Glory.
"I'm really obsessed with the flag right now. I'm trying to figure out the quantifiable 'what is it' and I'll never find it but, still, it interests me more than anything else," Cimino says. As the commonly heard flag code tells us, once an American flag has become unfit to fly, it must be taken to a VFW to be decommissioned and burned. Cimino's intent with the month-long installation is to overwhelm his audience with an icon that's become white noise after it's been overstimulated in regular life.
"It's just like, 'what does it really mean?'" Cimino asks. "But there's no answer to that. It's the same as Jesus. What does Jesus really mean? There's no answer to it."