"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship."
"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
- Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg trials, 1946
Ian seemed like an all-around troublesome rascal, so I was surprised the first time I was exposed to his artwork. Usually this consists of extremely large format collages on cardboard and a lot of shellac. His themes are often of advertising and information management, but he has a style that takes itself a little less painfully seriously than, say, Adbusters.
I first saw Maria's art more recently, when I saw this piece as she was working on it:
I was impressed and asked her if I could feature the pieces of that series on the tinyblog.
She told me that Ian and her had a show at the Bellevue City Hall (Bellevue is the largerst suburb of Seattle). When the pieces were finished, she sent me a few images.
Here are my favorites (click the image detail for a pop-up of the full image):
Thank you to Ian and Maria for letting me show their work on the tinyblog and a shout out to the very cool arts organization they're involved with: What Is Art.
Oh tender girl...
...you're so sincere and pretty.
I love you honey.
First there was the Peace Arch. Then there was the Peas Arch. Now comes the Plesenarch, by Rowan 'Fuzzball' Sodenkamp.
A brief interview with the artist.
Tinyblog: I'm sure my readers will want to know...what exactly is the plesenarch?
Rowan: It's just something I made up.
Tinyblog: And what does "rook:" mean?
Rowan: It means "look". Rook means look, and plesenarch means Peas Arch...it's like it's in a different language.
Tinyblog: What is being depicted here?
Rowan: It's a race. The she's the girl in the middle, and the other two people are people racing her. At the end is the trophy.
Tinyblog: Why is it in another language? Is it in another country or on another planet?
Rowan: It's on another planet that's in my imagination.
Tinyblog: Why is there a race going on underneath the plesenarch?
Rowan: it was a very bright and sunny day, and there are two suns on this planet, so they were having a race. After they do this race, then they do a bicycle race. The bicycle race actually goes through the Peas Arch.
Finally, after extensive customer changes, my first professional web design project in a while is up. It's only a one page placeholder for the final site while we work on the site. The old site was tremendously bad...I should have an archived version of it as an example to web designers of what not to do.
Anyway, take a look:
Thanks to the Loverzan for the handful of nights hacking at PhotoChop with me.
Anyone got any idea how to make the masthead look a little better in Netscape 7? Or how to make all the info appear properly on screen in Netscape 4.7?
The Peace Arch (by H.W. Corbett of London, England):
The Peas Arch (by Rzan 'Love-In' Edson and Samadhi 'Soup-Pants' Benjamin Zamarin Edson-Pasley)