July 21 - September 3, 2011
Inspired by subgenres of sci-fi literature, police TV series, and cult Hollywood films in which paranoia plays a central role, Sokolow scripts intricate, non-linear narratives based on mystifying, enigmatic pieces of information. These puzzling stories feature mysterious characters who uncover sinister plots, from the Illinois State University Watterson Towers suicide rumor to McDonald’s chicken nuggets being D.C.-area spies’ favorite food. The accounts unfold in the form of charts comprising drawings and other pictorial components made with materials such as pen and pencil, correction fluid, and highlighter, typical of office supply cabinets, as well as caption-like written elements. Sokolow’s approach to deception, secrecy, and suspicion constitutes an examination of the relationship between the ideological state apparatus, mass media, and the public mind.