EVIL ICONS EXHIBIT
AT THE WALTER BAKER CHOCOLATE FACTORY 2016
Evil Icons, was inspired by the August 2013 front cover of Rolling Stone magazine which featured the flattering facebook profile picture of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. My view of the cover was essentially the same as then Boston Mayor Thomas Menino,s, who, in an open letter published in the Boston Globe stated, the magazine "rewarded "a terrorist with celebrity treatment." It was "ill-conceived, at best," and re-affirmed the "terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their causes."
But it wasn't just Rolling Stone magazine that awarded Tsarnaev undue fame, it was all the media, and they made a sensational bonanza out of the bombing and it was all their detailed coverage that made Tsarnaev into an icon. To point this out, I elevated the marathon bomber's status to that of a subject worthy to grace a series of US postage stamps. For emphasis, I made the stamps in impossible giant size/scale. Once Tsarnaev's stamps were done, those of other celebrated criminals naturally followed.
In sum, the message of EVIL ICONS is that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and other notorious criminals such as Charles Manson, Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin should not be allowed to share the same stage as positive contributors to society such as Jimmy Hendrix, Janice Joplin or Doc Seuss.Of course one may argue that in using the faces of criminals as motifs for my art I am guilty of propagating their fame and am thus a hypocrite. I see it otherwise. The works in this series are designed to be thought provoking and if their irony is grasped then they may be considered educational. It should be noted too that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Charles Manson, and the other murderers featured in this series were made famous long before I used their likenesses for my oversized Evil Icon stamps.
CHARLES MANSON, AMERICAN ICON
THE ROLLING STONE BOMBER
DZHOHKAR TSARNAEV, ON PAR WITH JIMMY AND JANICE
AILINALISA, LA JACOMBE TSARNAEV
BOSTON'S OWN, WHITEY BULGER
ADOLF, WORKING THE CROWD
UNCLE JOE, 20 MILLION
GOOD OLD IDI
KKK CHARM, STILL ALIVE AND WELL
OSAMA BIN LADEN
SPREADING THE RAINBOW LOVE
MAO ZEDONG, THE SILENT CHAMP
By some estimates, The Chairman,thanks to his Cultural Revolution is said to be responsible for the deaths of up to 70 million through starvation, prison labour, and executions. If these figures are accurate, they dwarf those of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler combined.