Thought Police Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell, 1949  In George Orwell’s prescient novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, he introduced the terrifying concept of the Thought Police — a secret police who rely on mass surveillance and informants to search out and punish those who hold views that are contrary to the views of the government.  This idea that one must accept the world as dictated by the ruling authority regardless of facts is especially relevant in today’s “alternative facts”, post-truth society.  In this piece, I used a razor knife to physically redact text, leaving the Thought Police surveilling all from the top of the page.  I also left a selection of words that reference the tactics employed by the Thought Police in their suppression of free thought.  Even with the redactions, one can still see the faint remains of the text’s ascenders and descenders, which represent the muffled voices of the suppressed masses.  Finally, near the bottom of the page, isolated and hopeless, is the word “futile”, representing final resignation, followed by silence.

Thought Police
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell, 1949

In George Orwell’s prescient novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, he introduced the terrifying concept of the Thought Police — a secret police who rely on mass surveillance and informants to search out and punish those who hold views that are contrary to the views of the government.

This idea that one must accept the world as dictated by the ruling authority regardless of facts is especially relevant in today’s “alternative facts”, post-truth society.

In this piece, I used a razor knife to physically redact text, leaving the Thought Police surveilling all from the top of the page.  I also left a selection of words that reference the tactics employed by the Thought Police in their suppression of free thought.

Even with the redactions, one can still see the faint remains of the text’s ascenders and descenders, which represent the muffled voices of the suppressed masses.

Finally, near the bottom of the page, isolated and hopeless, is the word “futile”, representing final resignation, followed by silence.

                                  Detail from Thought Police Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 1949

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail from Thought Police
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell
1949

                 Big Brother Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, 1949

















Big Brother
Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell, 1949

                            Detail from Big Brother Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 1949

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail from Big Brother
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell
1949

                 War Is Peace Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, 1949

















War Is Peace
Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell, 1949

                            Detail from War Is Peace Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 1949

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail from War Is Peace
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell
1949

                    Doublethink Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell, 1949    



















Doublethink
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell, 1949

 

                 Fashionista from Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia by Stephen Fried, 1993

















Fashionista
from Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia
by Stephen Fried, 1993

                 Life's A Bitch Weeping Bay by Joy Davidman,  1950

















Life's A Bitch
Weeping Bay
by Joy Davidman,  1950

                 Cyberspace Neuromancer by William Gibson, 1984

















Cyberspace
Neuromancer
by William Gibson, 1984

                 The Drugs Began To Take Hold Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, 1971

















The Drugs Began To Take Hold
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
by Hunter S. Thompson, 1971

                 Gonzo Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, 1971

















Gonzo
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
by Hunter S. Thompson, 1971

                 The Cheshire Cat Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865

















The Cheshire Cat
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll, 1865

                 Zipless Fuck Fear of Flying by Erica Jong, 1973

















Zipless Fuck
Fear of Flying
by Erica Jong, 1973

                    The Right Stuff The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, 1979

















The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff
by Tom Wolfe, 1979

                 Catch-22 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1961

















Catch-22
Catch-22
by Joseph Heller, 1961

                            Heparin Heparin, Your Heart's Best Friend: The Untold Story Hyman Engelberg 1986  Special commission for the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute Scripps Hospital La Jolla, California   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heparin
Heparin, Your Heart's Best Friend: The Untold Story
Hyman Engelberg
1986

Special commission for the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute
Scripps Hospital
La Jolla, California

 

                   Detail from "Big Brother."



















Detail from "Big Brother."

                   Detail from "War Is Peace."



















Detail from "War Is Peace."

                            Images are available for purchase as 40" x 40" prints from limited editions of 15 prints plus 3 artist's proofs.  Framing is shadowbox style with Museum glass. For information on pricing and delivery you can contact me at: davidfokos@mac.com  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images are available for purchase as 40" x 40" prints
from limited editions of 15 prints plus 3 artist's proofs.

Framing is shadowbox style with Museum glass.
For information on pricing and delivery you can contact me at:
davidfokos@mac.com
 

                Book Pages Project Pulse Gallery San DIego, California December 2013
















Book Pages Project
Pulse Gallery
San DIego, California
December 2013

                               Book Pages Project Pulse Gallery San DIego, California December 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Pages Project
Pulse Gallery
San DIego, California
December 2013

                               Book Pages Project Sparks Gallery San DIego, California February 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Pages Project
Sparks Gallery
San DIego, California
February 2016