"MAKE NO MISTAKE" is an independent public art project conceived by Chicago resident and graphic artist Silas Dilworth. The centerpiece of the campaign is a 14'x48' commercial billboard facing northeast at the intersection of North and Ashland avenues in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. The billboard will be on display for the month of October, 2004.
This project is intended as a satire of vague political rhetoric, sound bite media programming, and overzealous displays of patriotism in the United States. It is not an endorsement of any candidate running for any public office, but rather an endorsement of the critical thought and civic responsibility required to maintain a just, free, and creative society. [SD.9.27]
"Make no mistake" has become a popular catchphrase for the politician trying to make a solemn point of argument. By isolating this exhausted expression from the context of a heated debate or lively campaign speech, its thuggish, threatening undertone fully surfaces. Combined with the imagery of the rolling flag, this impotent warning wrapped in otherwise good advice may leave an either confrontational or congruous impression on the viewer's patriotic disposition. This project is not mistaken if it stirs questions alongside resolve in the hearts and minds of responsible Americans. [SD.9.29]