Friday, March 14, 2014 - Friday, May 9, 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

photo by Finishing School

"We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust" is a participatory sculpture that employs the fabrication of a full size replica of a MQ-1B Predator drone aircraft. Over two hundred people assisted Finishing School and collaborators to hand-finish the drone with an age-old application method applying architectural-grade mud to the surface of the cnc'd substrate. In the dichotomy between the drone's form and its surface, the sculpture initiates a discussion of technology and foreign policy while inviting multiple propositions about cultural legacies and possible resistances in the era of pervasive global surveillance and warfare.

The project essay by Matt Fisher is available for download here.

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.