Art is powerful, isn’t it? Art has always been on the front line of our culture wars and social revolutions. I observe the relationship between art, culture, and politics quite a bit, always trying to solve the riddle there, trying to understand the nature of the human psyche.
I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that we are all just nuts.
Take for example, the Lenin statue in Seattle. Thought to be quirky by its fans, the thing is often vandalized by it critics. Just to complicate the issue, he is also dressed in drag for gay pride week and adorned with Christmas lights in the winter. Hands dipped in blood or wearing a tutu, he’s always got something to say.
Right on schedule we now have New Orleans removing six of their oldest landmarks, including their Robert E Lee statue, which seems to have the media salivating and sputtering about “history in the making.”
It’s all good. At least we put a “fearless” woman-girl in front of our Wall Street bull. She’s a woman-girl because if you look at the close ups of her face she is a grown woman with a little girl’s body. I don’t even want to try to analyze that one.
The sheer irony, the double speak going on here, just boggles my brain. In one part of America we are defending and justifying a statue of a foreign dictator and mass murderer because he’s “quirky,” while at the same time in another part of the country, “historically” removing a piece of US history because we find him offensive, all while sending a little woman-girl out to face down a raging bull alone?