Down in A hole

21 August, 2009

Second commissioned series with Uncle Sam. The client wants to depict the idea that only the Lord can save the U.S in the hole we are in. I have been experimenting with more minimal painting, relying more on the textures in the drawing to come through.


Blogger Caleb Prochnow said...

I like the concept... What's going on economically is the equivalent of a perfect storm. We are 12-13 trillion in debt, 2 trillion deficit this year, the post office is operating at a 7 billion dollar loss, without a major overhaul social security can't pay out the money they promised to all the baby boomers that are quickly approaching retirement age. Medicare pays the hospitals less then their overhead is, and is essentially broke. The same is true with Medicaid. Former President Bush spent money like a drunken sailor, and within the first 6 months of his presidency Obama has topped him and doubled the deficit. The Fed has pumped trillions of dollars into the economy that are backed up by nothing. Yep, I'd say we need Jesus to give our leaders wisdom right now. But how can we expect his help when our country and it's leaders have rejected him? He isn't allowed in our schools, his name has become a curse word, his laws have been rejected and mocked.

8:59 AM  
Blogger BLDawley said...

love the work. nice. I disagree with the message, though. Only humans can help because it's humans that did the damage.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Mirna said...

Let's not start a religion conversation on this blog please. Caleb, not everyone believes the same as you. I'll just leave it at that in respect to what this blog is about: sharing art.

10:39 AM  
Blogger BLDawley said...

agreed, Mirna.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Dorothy said...

Gosh, harsh words Mirna! I think that it is plain that this is a religious piece in nature (I mean, it does have Jesus in it! lol!). How can you criticize others for responding to a piece's theme. How ridiculous! Where is your tolerance for other's views? Plus, sharing art is ALL about passion. A person's religious views/belief system effects their whole life, it is full of passion. I think your comment was out of line.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Dorothy said...

By the way, Simon, awesome work! It is a fun political/religious piece and I like it.

10:29 PM  
Blogger BLDawley said...

I disagree with Dorothy. I think having to overly define something with your opinion and go over the top with rhetoric insults what most art is. Each person has their own opinions and should keep it to themselves for fear of affecting someone else's personal feelings. Mirna's words were far from "harsh" and far from criticism. This isn't church. This is an art blog. Let's enjoy the images without ruining it with idealistic fanaticism. goddammit.

7:50 AM  
Blogger simon cox said...

I guess this piece stirred up a little contention concerning the subject matter and metaphoric message. It is fair to say all statements are agreeable in their own right. I guess controversial pieces have always been debatable, some folks heralding them (Based on there own viewpoint), while others debasing them. It is very hard to be unbiased with certain subjects, even the most seemingly neutral statements are derived from the “well” we call personal experience, which in turn can be classed as an opinion. Isn’t art meant to excite individual opinions and ideas?

Religious commissions are one of the oldest and most profitable commissions for us artists, projects which must be taken on holistically, in order to concept most appropriately, and let the art come through. The client, who commissioned this piece, is a devout Christian and patriot (I know this through many conversations with him, of how he loves the country and wants to see it back on it’s feet). His desire for a juxtaposition of religious and patriotic symbolisms (Two highly controversial subjects) steams from is prerogative to excite and stir debate in the largest “religious classified” Christian country. From an objective standpoint, I am satisfied with what I was hired to do, both on this blog and in the clients communities, this has been the catalyst for controversy on the depicted subjects. I am currently working on the next piece in the series, and will look forward to your views. Thanks Guys.

6:50 AM  
Blogger BLDawley said...

I really don't think it's the piece that stirred up the contention as much as the initial comment on this blog. The piece, although well rendered, has an obvious message that doesn't need to be analyzed.

7:45 AM  

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