Ricardo Salamanca

21 07 2012

Ricardo Salamanca work ranges from the comic to the macabre. He is a funny man. And his work has detail and polish. I like it.

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George Grosz

21 07 2012

Over the years I kept running into the work of Grosz. He seems to have captured that Nazi gene that exists in too many people. Its that look of arrogance of power. And its brutality. I saw some of this influence in the early work of John Lennon.

Grosz knew what bullies were. The Gestapo. The Brown Shirts. The SS. What is it that makes people behave like this. They have power. They do not just abuse power. No. They use power. Again. And again. Real power is of course influence. To make people do things because they want to. Otherwise power is just force. The force of a slap. A punch. A gun.

Brutes thrive in a society that is brutal. Pre-war Germany was like that. I wonder what Grosz would think of America today.

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Professor Copperthwaite

21 07 2012

My uncles were hunters. My dad was not. He was the only one of his brothers to see serious battle experience during World War Two. My uncles had different beasts heads hanging on the walls of their living rooms. Elk. Bear. Foxes. Wolves. Nothing they shot mind you.

The whole ‘taking the head of your prey’ kind of bothers me. Wasn’t that the custom in ancient battles. Taking the head of the enemy. Isn’t that what head hunters did? And one president who wanted to see the head of a certain dictator that he was at war with?

I take it that Professor Copperthwaite is a pseudonym. I don’t blame the taxidermist. He might upset other taxidermists. And the NRA. There must be a not of taxidermists who are members. That is their market after all.

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Is this art? I don’t think so. I mean it might be but I don’t want to upset any taxidermists. They can be testy.