Living and working outside of Detroit, Michigan, Christopher Gideon is an emerging artist and designer with an extensive background in architecture. He earned his BS and MAR at Lawrence Technical University in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Gideon creates collages using baseball cards from his childhood collection. He states that, although as a child these cards signified organization and monetary value, they are now completely worthless except as symbols of nostalgia. Gideon writes: “the main objective of my collage work is to reinstate a sense of importance back into that which has lost its significance and value over time. The irony in the work comes from not only the new objects that are created, but also how they are created: through the destruction and reconstruction of what was once so precious to me.”
This card is part of the “America’s Pastime” series, which confronts the topic of cultural indulgences and why we go to such great lengths in order to preserve and protect them. By distorting and rearranging the symbols of the cards, something new emerges – something less perfect, but perhaps more valuable – something that represents a more universal truth.
Each card in the series is a one-of-a-kind collage created entirely from baseball cards. It comes in a protective plastic sleeve.