The installation is inspired by two ideas from the art world: the diptych - a
long tradition of creating images, or in some cases texts, on a two-panel
medium - and the t-shirt, a contemporary canvas for artistic expression.
“My piece seeks to fuse the old and the new. By employing both images and words in this installation, the intent of the piece is to recall
the original expressions of this visual art form. My panels in this case are
the t-shirts and the fencing panels.”
From a practical point of view, Arellano wanted to raise awareness about
some of the critical issues the discipline of Communications seeks to call
“In some of our courses we look at the question of power relations between author and audience and the interpretation of texts and images whether they are in the mass media or our minds.”
He also thinks that we need to promote more of an "arts culture" on campus.
Many students, faculty and staff have also asked him where the t-shirts can
be purchased, or if they will be produced on other items like canvas,
“My intent was never to commodity the shirts; it was really
about doing something different than the hundreds of posters you see around
campus,” he said.