Better Living Through Chemistry

Better Living Through Chemistry

Mixed Media 69" x 51" 1998

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"Better living through chemistry" and small text "ended 20,000 veterans Veterans Affairs rashes joint headaches memory loss breath respiratory examination of gulf con veterans have left armed forces recent senete committees conclusions suggested some then caused by drugs given troops to biological warfare an pentagons tests tended to be comprehensive"

This is my favorite one. I work on a scale this big because I like to have my entire body involved in the piece. Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko; even though it was arrogant and pretentious, I'm still drawn to it. Their theory was by looking at the pieces you could enter an existential abyss, get out, move on, and improve the world. Diving into a lake was similar to entering one of their paitings. They themselves entered the paintings completely. I want to swallow you into this plane of radical politics. Enter the world of the artist. Nitty gritty here and now consumerism. Instead of having a single layer of text, I'm playing tith two layers of text and two layers of images. The image I'm superimposing is blending a lot more with the advertizing background. It's a lot more complex, more vague, more difficult to access. Ominous feeling.

A ride at Great America - Top Gun. You can see military paraphanelia, artifacts from the movie, video monitors of jets, missles and so on, while you're waiting in line for the ride. The image underneath is making war friendly and palatable, and the image on top is the reality of what that war really is, here subjecting soldiers to toxic chemical filled situations. All of my works are influenced by my pain and anger. I'm so angry with the way things are. It blends together really well. The "war is fun" myth and reality blend together. Uplifting Dow slogan, and then real war text. Text comes from a New York Times article. They say it--the government tested it on their own troops. Anti-Nerve gas agents. It only appeared in the Times, not in any other paper. One window of truth in a downpoar of misinformation. How can you percieve what is and isn't happening in the media noise? The western branch of Pravda. What does it say when the establishment paper acknowledges this? All of the things in this piece are found objects, authentic, none of them are made up.