Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Simple Line-Drawings Come With a Message.(Journal North)

Byline: About Art Tom Collins For the Journal

* Charming art tells parables about violence and vulnerability

Judging by the quality of the recent outpouring of political art brought about by another outburst of American Empire, the term, and artistic genre, must be put once and for all into the ranks of great oxymorons such as "military intelligence," "jumbo shrimp" or "journalistic ethics." A large part of the difficulty in producing a truly artistic political expression may lie in the fact that the artist and his or her art are committed to serve a very particular cause or idea. This is probably not a very good idea for artists, who are usually committed to nothing but themselves, their work and an open inquiry that allows the chips to fall where they may. Art in this age of so much visual and textual mis- or dis-information requires a suppleness of intelligence and intention that not only allows for, but really requires the unmeditated and unintended. …

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