February 21, 2004


Artist Chris Reddy is furious.

Posted by Tim Blair at February 21, 2004 01:58 PM

If Reddy had engaged brain before painting and turned the "U" and the "S" 90 degrees counter-clockwise he could of at least achieved irony, with the "S" in "USA" and the "S" in "ISRAEL" juxtaposing into a swastika. One could talk about that. I'd strongly disagree with what he was saying, but at least he would be saying something. This doesn't say anything, it's shouting a slogan, and a piss-poor one at that.

In just substituting a swastika for an "S" shows that he's just another propogandist, not an artist.

Posted by: Timothy Lang at February 21, 2004 at 03:59 PM

an exhibit aimed at fighting anti-Semitism,

This is fighting anti-Semitism?

Posted by: peggy sue at February 21, 2004 at 04:27 PM

This is fighting anti-Semitism?

Hey, nothing is a stronger deterrent to anti-Semitism than really bad Eurolefty art!

Well, actually pretty much everything is a stronger deterrent to anti-Semitism than really bad Eurolefty art.

But that's not the point!

Well, on second thought, that pretty much is the point.

Never mind.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at February 21, 2004 at 05:55 PM

Great fisking by Mr. Robinson, thanks ;)

I have to disagree with that ``cartooning, graffiti and Picasso'' judgment, though. We know that Picasso could actually paint, and draw a recognizable human form, though he often chose not to. I see no evidence that Mr. Reddy is capable of either.

Posted by: Annalucia at February 21, 2004 at 10:35 PM

Not to mention cartoonists also can usually draw fairly well. I still miss Calvin & Hobbes...

Posted by: ushie at February 22, 2004 at 02:59 AM

I got the USA, Israel and the swastika part. I've seen it a couple times before, so it's not too hard to figure out. It's the Norwegian flag thing in the bottom right corner that has me stymied. It's painted in the traditional Nazi color scheme of red, black and white which leads me to think the artist is trying to connect Norway with the Thrid Riech somehow. Perhaps it's not just Norway, but all the Nordic/Scandinavian type countries. Or then it could be just an advert paid for by the greater Oslo department of tourism. Anyone have any thoughts on the meaning of that flag? Perhaps the writing on the painting explains it all. Anyone one have a transcript of it's deep meaning?

Posted by: Charles at February 22, 2004 at 03:57 AM

Ushie, you are aware that we cartoonists must be shamed into sharing a profession with Ted Rall, right? One of the many things he can't do is draw well.

Posted by: Sortelli at February 22, 2004 at 01:31 PM

Sortelli, I've come to think that there is no explanation for Ted Rall's career, except that he sold his soul, if any.

He really does suck at drawing, doesn't he?

Posted by: ushie at February 23, 2004 at 03:24 AM

Ironically, the little Marxist is just taking advantage of supply and demand. There's a big demand for edgy America-bashing, apparently, so people don't have to be picky about the quality.

He also takes advantage of his wealth and power to crush the dissent of the little guy, but let's not be surprised about that.

Posted by: Sortelli at February 23, 2004 at 06:41 AM

The artist himself responded to my little fisking of his art on my blog. I checked the host address of the guy who made the comment and it was from a Norwegian IP so I'm pretty sure it was really him:

Hey everyone!
interresting comments to my art.
I am flattered. To be able to induce all these emotions
by so simple means as paint and canvas proves
my point.

Love to you all,
Chris Reddy

Posted by: Randal Robinson at February 23, 2004 at 10:26 AM

I could piss on his shoes in public and induce powerful emotions and then claim to prove a point too, but polite society forbids...

Posted by: Sortelli at February 23, 2004 at 03:22 PM