Tim Davis

Kings of Cyan is a body of work produced in Italy depicting political posters that have lost most of their color and been degraded in the elements. Italy has dozens and dozens of political parties, from extreme right to extreme left, and they advertise widely. Over time, the magenta and yellow fade from the offset CMYK printing process, leaving only the cyan dyes. Most of the posters depicted are between one and four years old, and with Italy's government having just fallen again, and a new election scheduled for April, they are now all lost under a new generation of posters. This process of fading from the lifelike is a metaphor for the way politics swallows ideas, rendering idealistic positions battered but still beautiful.