Steven Gagnon - 1866-4-US-flag
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Artworks3-D Artworks • C.R.I.B.

Acrylic on wood structure
25.5 x 39 x 38.5 inches (64.8 x 99.1 x 97.8 cm)
Private Collection

C.R.I.B. is a conceptual sculpture to represent the dominance of the four emerging economic giants: China, Russia, India, and Brazil. The artwork which uses an actual crib has each of its four sides painted with one of the flags of the four countries with a map of the world painted on the crib's mattress board. Usually these four countries are referred to by the acronym BRIC. However in re-thinking this acronym, I have come up with C.R.I.B. as a more logical abbreviation. Not only is C.R.I.B. an actual word (you would need to add Kazakhstan to the list of countries to make BRICK), the image of the crib illustrates how these four emerging and relatively nascent economies are affecting the world now and in years to come. My goal is that the piece can affect how this group of countries are referenced.