The Image Collector (farbel) wrote,
The Image Collector

a decade ago...

about ten years ago, when i was living in tucson, my really good friend steven eye, who created the masks i posted a while back, sponsored an underground artzine called edge. i contributed regularly. Here are a few of my contributions, beginning with a piece i wrote about the controversy over the national endowment for the arts' sponsorship of andre serrano and richard mapplethorpe.

do you think they would arrest me if i painted the words "god bless america" on an american flag?

how does jesse helms feel when he sees a painting of the baby jesus with his penis exposed?

does tipper gore know the content of the cartoons and adjacent advertisements that millions of children watch every saturday?

do you think they would arrest me for drawing "god bless america" on an american flag?

what does jesse helms think about cherubs?

does tipper gore watch soap operas?

does she like them?

do tipper and jesse become aroused while viewing recent camel advertisements?

do you think they would arrest me if i cut the words "god bless america" out of an american flag?

does jesse helms approve of paintings of mary nursing the baby jesus?

does he feel guilty because they excite him?

does tipper gore prefer rock videos? or would she rather watch "jane fonda's workout" (fantasy tape of thousands)?

do tipper and jesse make love?

do you think they would arrest me for painting "god bless america" on a painting of an american flag?

does jesse helms understand that western society has been pissing on christ for centuries?

does tipper gore tell her children about sex, or does she leave it up to popular music?

has tipper or jesse ever created anything?

do you think they would arrest me for painting the words "god bless america" on an american flag?

DM '90

this is a cover I did for volume 3

this is a back cover illustration

Why Should My Art Say Anything?

every human being has a duty to care about and care for the earth. this does not mean, however, that when i make a work of art i have to preach social change. art definitely has its place in socio-political activism, but that is not its only function.
the world needs to have beauty with no strings attached. i am, and for the better part of my life have been, an activist for the earth and for humanity. i do not dedicate my whole life to it, but i am involved, i do care. my point is that the world needs more than revolutionaries, more than activists. we need to do more than decry what is wrong with the world, we must also nurture and support what good there is. art must be a mirror to the world, but it must also be a window to possibility and a reminder of beauty. it must make us laugh as well as make us cry. it must force us to see and confront reality, but, and this is equally important, it must provide escape from it. art has many functions, all of them vital. to discount the relevance and validity of one form of art is to demean and weaken all art.

dm 89

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