House of Postcards is series of foil imaged portraits of the Presidents of the United States starting with General Washington and ending with Garrett Walker. While making these prints, I would also be utilizing my Netflix subscription to watch the History Channels Ultimate Guide to the Presidents, narrated by Bruce McGill and House of Cards (American TV Series). This Emmy-winning original thriller series stars Golden Globe winner Kevin Spacey as ruthless, cunning Congressman Francis Underwood, who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire (Golden Globe winner Robin Wright).
What happens to your work when something like Kevin Spacey happens? I created this series from January 21- May 5th, 2015, three years prior to the allegations of sexual assault that have redefined the public perception and appetite for Spacey. Perhaps the work is just done - unusable, and though the series does not include Francis J. Underwood, the 46th President of the United States, Spacey’s presence is overwhelming, severly impacting the narrative of the series. Perhaps I just take out the portrait of President Garret Walker, divorcing the work from its House of Cards roots, but then the natural next step would be to add one more of Donald J. Trump. And that too becomes problematic.