Enemy of the State is a multi-media installation by artist J. Eric Simpson. Continuing to explore the situation of agriculture in the South Plains, the artist now directs his focus to value creation and consolidation of power within the biotechnology sector. As the 6 largest agro-chemical competitors merge with one another to form “The Big 4,” Simpson becomes even more skeptical of their incentives to remain transparent, to innovate, and to further resist monopolizing. The exhibition asks: what does it mean to control the means of agricultural production and by extension of land use? From this question the exhibition presents a cyclical narrative of dependency between farmer, bio-tech industry, cash crops, and weeds.
CASH CROP, careless weed seed on 100% transgenic cotton paper sourced from Middlebrook farms (Shallowater TX - 2018 harvest), 2018