Friday, March 14, 2014 - Sunday, March 16, 2014

We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust

OxyArts is pleased to present "We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust,” a public sculpture created by Los Angeles-based artist collective Finishing School, in collaboration with artists Nadia Afghani and Matt Fisher. 


  • Location: Thorne Plaza
  • Time: All Day
  • Sponsor: Oxy Arts

"We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust" is a full-scale model of a MQ-1B Predator Drone, and the public is invited to take part in the completion of it.  Participants will use age-old construction methods to apply architectural-grade mud to the surface of an industrially manufactured drone substrate. In the dichotomy between the drone's form and its surface, the sculpture opens a discussion about technology and foreign policy while inviting multiple propositions about cultural legacies and possible resistances in the era of global surveillance and warfare.

“We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust” continues the first year of the Occidental College Wanlass Artist in Residence Program.  The sculpture will be sited on Thorne Plaza, located in the center of the college. The public is invited to participate in the application of mud to the sculpture, Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16. A reception for the project will be held on Wednesday, March 19 from 5pm to 8pm.

About the Artists

Finishing School is a socially-engaged artist collective that explores an expansive range of subject and media territories. The collective has 5 members who represent a broad range of skills. Finishing School produces interdisciplinary actions, installations, workshops, design, studio art, performance, and new media. They have presented work throughout the United States and internationally. Finishing School was established in 2001 and is based in Los Angeles, California.

Matt Fisher is an artist and writer living in Oakland, California. His studio practice interrogates intersections of analytical abstraction and identity politics. Trained in Southern California, he moved to New York just before 9/11 and spent a decade there before relocating to the Bay Area in 2011. He writes regularly on contemporary art for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and ARTnews.

Nadia Afghani is a Los Angeles-based conceptual artist, whose work investigates the parameters of subject versus object, the mechanics of language, and the ambiguity of meaning and understanding. She received a BA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach and a MFA in Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.