If you’ve spent any time in Boston proper recently, you may have noticed a giant, light-up sign on Huntington Ave. that screams “Capitalism Works for Me. True/False.”
The artist Steve Lambert doesn’t really care what your answer is, so long as you think about it…and then talk about your response (and your reasoning) with others.
He’s known for his conceptual art…sometimes on paper, sometimes a performance…sometimes a hybrid of the two. Take this Capitalism piece. It combines a physical work of art with complicated thoughts…like “just because I have health insurance, does that mean capitalism is working?”
WBUR’s Andrea Shea accompanied Steve for a ride in his van the other day to discuss people’s response to his most recent work. Here’s a link to their conversation.
I can’t help but wondering…will Capitalism win? If there was a smaller structure of lights, giving other options, would people change their vote (choosing the lesser of two evils instead of just agreeing or disagreeing with an idea?)
Despite my intrigue, and my deep hope that Lambert will make the final tally available, he says he’s more interested in creating a dialogue.
It seems to be working. On April 12, the sign moves to Newton North High School.