Friday, November 11, 2011


Acrylic blocks filled with oil
I recently attended an art exhibition critiquing the conflicts created by oil-politics called CRUDE by Andrei Molodkin – “an internationally recognized contemporary Russian artist engaged in deconstructing the economic realities of geopolitical praxis.” (quite a mouthful from the museum guide handout.)

Bush drawn with ballpoint pen
The highlight of the evening came when an elderly couple (a black man and a white woman) held up their middle fingers in front of the Bush picture.  After doing that, the black man said loud and clear, “It’s not about the color of your skin, it’s about the mindset.”  (emphasis on mind.)  Then he said to his wife, “C’mon let’s go get Obama.”
Obama drawn with ballpoint pen next to acrylic blocks
Overall, simple yet striking exhibit.  I appreciate how the artist condemns policies of both republican and democratic agendas.


  1. Got to agree with the sentiment.
    As long as big business dictate to governments,we, the man and woman in the street are the losers.

  2. Wish I could have seen this exhibit too!

  3. Yes a very interesting exhibition, I agree with the other comments.

  4. Glebe, it sucks that that seems to be the way of the world.

    Ben, I think you would have really liked it.

    And Paul, thanks for sharing.