January 26, 2018

Together (No. 14)

"Together (No. 14)," acrylic on birch panel
My most recent "Together" piece, number 14 now.

It's all in the shadows.

John Locke in his 1689 Essay Concerning Human Understanding: "The picture of a shadow is a positive thing."

For more about the series, check out my effort to write words around it at http://www.ivanostocco.com/together.php.

Have a good one!

January 11, 2018

The Motorcade, Cyclist, and Finger

"Briskman," oil on aluminum, 24" x 24"

I don't know if you caught this little news piece a few weeks ago. Here it is in the NY Times.

Juli Briskman, 50, single mom of two, is on her bike when the post-literacy president's motorcade, leaving Trump National Golf Course, passes by. She does what any half-decent individual would do and flips the bird. "I just got angry...[He's] golfing again when there is so much going on right now."

A few days later, she's called into a meeting at her company, Akima, which contracts for the U.S. Department of Defense. She's told her conduct was "obscene" and broke company ethical standards. Her conduct?

They force her to resign.

I don't know, I don't generally like news in my art but this heroic David-and-Goliath gesture really called to me.

Afterwards, donations come pouring in, including a grand from Rosie O'Donnell. Briskman uses the dough to pay down some of the medical expenses of uncovered sick people. The stable genius, in the meantime, goes on watching gorillas fight and his reflection in the screen.

Another day in the imperium.

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