Jali is a square painting in which a photograph of a group of Islamic women is nearly indiscernible due to the application of a black pixilated pattern such as one that might be found in a QR Code, the title refers to a term for a perforated stone or latticed screen common in Islamic architecture. The pattern obstructs an image of Pakistani women wearing burqas and thus reveals multiple layers of separation between the viewer (us) and the subjects of the painting (them).
Like a video game on pause, Perry Burns’s Over Kandahar, named after the Afghan city, captures a computerized battle. Helicopters fly directly toward the viewer, and from the smoke in the left-hand side, it’s clear that there is destruction ahead. Below the bright blue skies surrounding these bombers is a series of colored and grayscale streaks followed by op-art bulls-eyes. Burns challenges the complacency of playing a video game with the reality of the death and destruction of war.
Where road signs and philosophy meet. I photographed this image because you are either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it or trying to get a piece of it, you might as well put up a big sign about it!
I posed an opportunity earlier today via my Facebook page. I invited people to share their thoughts on capital punishment. So far, crickets. Not because people probably don’t have thoughts but because the topic is controversial to say the least.
I’ll ask the Tumblr community to share your thoughts on this topic. Or, if you prefer, no matter our stance, we can all take a moment of silence for Troy Davis today.
The politics of seeing……
Through my art, I try to capture the stories of people and politics, of what’s right and what needs improvement. These fundamentals apply to business in the Web 2.0 world, too. Here Mark Hughes gives us some insight into storytelling.
As an artist, member of the media, business owner and citizen in this world, I try to follow this quote:
Storytelling is not what I do for a living - it is how I do all that I do while I am living.Donald Davis