Art And Response

Is Stephen Colbert Unbalanced?

June 15th, 2012

That is the question a number of people are asking since he has not as yet given equal time to the progressive leaning artist Michael D’Antuono after devoting over five minutes of air time to conservative artist Jon McNaughton on The Colbert Report. Okay, full disclosure, the progressive leaning artist is me and the people asking are mainly family members.

The artist’s (me) campaign demanding equal time was kicked off with an entertaining YouTube video goo.gl/fLiLV  featuring an eclectic mix of characters calling on Colbert to be fair.

You can better serve Democracy (and take the “starving” out of starving artist) by posting the video on Colbert’s Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/thecolbertreport or Tweet him ‪@ColbertReport to demand Colbert give D’Antuono (again, me) equal time. Do it for the children (my children).

LET”S CUT TO THE (JPMORGAN) CHASE

May 16th, 2012

EVENT

JPMorgan Chase acknowledges $2 billion trading loss

JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, said Thursday that it lost $2 billion in the past six weeks in a trading portfolio designed to hedge against risks the company takes with its own money. The exotic financial investments got the world in trouble in 2008. The question a lot of people are asking now, did JPMorgan Chase learn nothing?

VENT

I know the answer to that one. JP Morgan Chase learned a lot from the 2008 debacle. They learned that unlike the rest of us, if they gamble on irresponsible investments, (more…)

Are Conservatives More Racist?

April 23rd, 2012

What One Piece Of Art Revealed

My new painting inspired by the Trayvon Martin tragedy called “A Tale Of Two Hoodies”, has created somewhat of a stir. A popular subject of blogs, it has been noted more than 17,000 times over the weekend. Most enlightening were the many disturbing responses on my site revealing a nation that sadly hasn’t come as far as I had thought. (more…)

Could Cosby Be Wrong?

April 16th, 2012

Bill Cosby feels the Trayvon Martin case is about gun ownership, not race. As you can tell from my painting “A Tale Of Two Hoodies”, I think it may be a little of both.

The gun laws in many states are admittedly a little wacky, no doubt. Texas allows concealed weapons on campuses. While I’m sure professors in that state are giving better grades, it’s only a matter of time before we get some very disturbing headlines. Using Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” as a defense in the Trayvon Martin shooting should put both Zimmerman and the law itself away for life.

Okay, so I concede the whole “gun laws need reform thing.” Score one for the Cos. But I wouldn’t bet a box of Jello pudding that racism wasn’t a factor both with the perpetrator and the local authorities in the Trayvon Martin case. Just based on his comments while chasing Trayvon, one can deduce that the hispanic guy with the jewish name is a bit of a racist. Let’s call a spade a spade.

A more disturbing problem than one racist with a gun is the way the authorities treated the case until about a month of growing national protest. They John Doe’d Trayvon without contacting his parents even though they had all of his contact info in his wallet. Meanwhile, Zimmerman’s folks were called on the spot. The original investigator’s natural instinct to jail Zimmerman was nixed by a higher up, leaving our vigilante free to roam the streetswith the murder weapon hand. This did happen in Florida after all, and you can’t get any deeper south than that.

Dr. Cosby is right on guns, but perhaps a little too forgiving on the race issue. He may be overcompensating due to his support of Tawana Brawley in her case years ago, or just want’s to keep every body calm. Personally, I believe if people don’t get just a little angry at injustice, they won’t be motivated enough to change it.

No Day at the Park – For Protesters

March 21st, 2012

I was at Zuccotti and Union Square parks today in New York City in search of Occupy Wall Street protests. What I found (and didn’t find) was discouraging.

First I went to Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the OWS revolution, to show my support. I’m very supportive when the temperature is seventy degrees or above. I journeyed far and came well armed with my Wall Street Wally pig mask and about 2,000 cards promoting “The Art Of Corpocracy” videohttp://artandresponse.com/corpocracy promoting action against the government’s servitude to the 1%.

When I arrived at the hollowed destination, I found the block that was previously lined with protesters touting clever signs, now were lined with people holding signs selling bargain blackberry contracts. Turns out that Bloomberg only allows people in that park with signs that offer a 10% discount. Score it:Capitalism-1, Democracy-0

Taken aback, but undeterred, I traveled upward to Union Square Park where OWS had planned a protest in solidarity with the Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin. You would think the fact that that case concerned a (counterfit) cop killing a black kid (who was guilty of wearing a hoodie) without being held responsible would somehow temper Bloomberg’s Anti-First Amendment Rights Brigade to tread lightly. Not so much. Before I arrived the police had stormed the protest, trying to close off the park with metal barricades. They arrested six people with what some might consider unnecessary force considering one woman was knocked unconscious and taken away in an ambulance. By the time I arrived there were a smaller group of protesters (50 or so) peacefully displaying signs and singing songs. Then came a brigade of blue surging in for no apparent reason to trample on the signs and look intimidating.

I find it discouraging that corporations have more rights than (actual) people and they won’t let us protest it..

The Fight Against Corpocracy

March 15th, 2012

With Corporate personhood, bailouts, tax breaks for the rich and entitlement cuts for the rest, one thing is clear, class warfare has been waged. The corporate elite have taken command of our government and turned our leaders. America is still the land of opportunity … for the very rich.

While we were sleeping, the rich and powerful have been manipulating the system to chip away at the working man by persuading our elected leaders to bust unions, change the tax code, loosen regulations and everything else that’s good for their bottom line. Corporations now have more rights than individuals. Even George Orwell wouldn’t have imagined it going this far. I don’t know about you, but all this makes me a little grumpy. So what can we do about it?

As it so happens, I’m an artist who adheres to this Picasso quote. “Art is not meant to decorate walls. It is an offensive weapon in the defense against the enemy.” So I’m fighting back with a video I posted on youtube called “The Art Of Corpocracy” http://artandresponse.com/corpocracy that utilizes my art to illuminate the government’s servitude to the corporate elite. I’m asking all like-minded citizens (anyone making under a million a year or just believes in playing fair) to post it on facebook page, email it to their friends. “Why should I bother?” you ask. I’ll tell you why.

The 1% spend their vast resources to promote their agenda and it’s worked pretty good so far. After all, they have get half the country to vote against their own best interests. Don’t think so? I’m sure you can find a redneck living in a trailer somewhere in Mississippi who voted for a Republican who supports a 15% capital gains tax and a reduction in Medicaid benefits. But Gomer figures the important thing is those homos won’t be able to marry. They manipulate minds with FOX, Rush and now with another artist’s video blaming President Obama for all the debt (over 3.5 million hits so far).

I’m fighting real hard here and can use a little back up. Help a brother in arms and maybe we can win a battle or two.