Defeat in Detail

2004-2008

Showdown, Charcoal, Graphite, and Paint on Paper, 30”x44”, 2004

Cinema Verite: Defeat in Detail, Digital Print, 13.5”x10”, 2004

Will He Come Back Again? Charcoal, Graphite, and Paint on Paper, 30”x44”, 2004

Cinema Verite: Boom Poles, Digital Print, 21”x16”, 2004

The Drum Major, Charcoal, Graphite, and Paint on Paper, 30”x44”, 2004

Cinema Verite: The Grand, Digital Print, 24.5”x17.5”, 2004

The Dancer, Charcoal, Graphite, and Paint on Paper, 30”x44”, 2005

Theater of War: Guernica After Picasso, Digital Print, 25”x18”, 2007

Birds of Prey, Charcoal, Graphite, and Paint on Paper, 30”x44”, 2004

Wings and Hats, Charcoal, Graphite, and Paint on Paper, 30”x44”, 2004

Exhibition Text Excerpt
Waldeck’s series of drawings and digital collages, Defeat in Detail, explores our mechanistic orientation to war and comments on the performative characteristics of safely removed ‘staged’ warfare. In this collection, Waldeck repositions images linked to the brutality of combat in other seemingly antithetical contexts- and in doing so evokes a range of potential narratives- such as ballet and theatre spaces. Images of soldiers and weaponry are juxtaposed with those of dancers and operatic and theatrical playhouses to comment on the dramatic, if not dangerously melodramatic, content and structure of represented wartime events.

 

In the end, Waldeck’s work serves as a stark reminder of the constructedness of all representations of war; by decontextualizing and subsequently recontextualizing images associated with both war and the performing arts, Waldeck reveals the degree to which the violence of armed “defeat” extends beyond the chaotic battlefield of war zone and is embodied in the often refined “details” of scripted representations.
-Stephen R Bennett