The Spanish-Philippine-American War
Since we all prefer to live in a progressive society, where time functions on a linear plane, I would have the abstractionists of my land recall the true histories of war, and not the always distorted, outright lying political attitudes about it. The latter always fits the story to its own imaginative power and glory. For instance, we’re not allowed to watch television about World War II unless all our great and grandfathers are of pure hero stock, and not frightened pimpled teenagers mowing down other acne-infected children, or fire-bombing entire cities because Roosevelt and Truman were too sissy to fist-fight Hitler and Tojo on “Leader Island”.
Back in April 2013 I received a pile of discarded press-cleaning sheets from my wife’s workplace. At the time I was fed up once and for all with the dandy-o’s—the Bushes, Clintons, Obamas, and their light and easy approach to the murder of other people’s babies. I sought to do with paint what every artist desires upon threat of violence, that is, immortalize the filthy cowards. So on a string of inclement April nights, I descended into my painter’s foxhole to depict the history of popular U.S. wars in two hours or less. I called the series “The Lucky Seven”—however this one happened to make eight. The extra might have represented the 300,000 Filipinos murdered for the crime of being born poor onto a big island. Why not? It’s all cuckoo when the unread refuse to read. So I made pretty pictures of war to participate in this progressive march to the end of the world. My favorite one here is when Teddy Roosevelt took San Juan Hill with pantaloons infested with crabs. Our great grandparents made him president because many of our great grandparents were frightfully stupid. If hindsight is 20/20, why are so very few among us seeing correctly? For an answer, go back to the first paragraph and the inevitable failure of all progressive societies… The winners get to tell the stories.
And the losers paint in a basement.
All paintings are acrylic on press-cleaning sheets, about 15 x 7″ Please read the titles carefully.