This piece was inspired by a track from Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns” titled “the Radiance” in which it is a clip of an old interview with the renowned phycisist Robert Oppenheimer, who was responsible for creating mankind’s greatest destruction force- the atomic bomb.  In the clip Oppie likened himself to a Hindu deity Vishnu …

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Nuke Baby

January 28, 2014

2014 Watercolor, pastel, ink, charcoal on Bristol 14x17

2014
Watercolor, pastel, ink, charcoal on Bristol
14×17

I once heard the term “Bulletproof Baby” in reference to a movie I don’t remember much but it was 90% bullets and bodies and F-bombs flying across the screen with a fragile little newborn infant caught in the middle of it all. (Yeah way to start life on Earth with a Big Bang! I thought). Then I was thinking about that last piece I worked on several months back called “Atomic Peace” where there’s a guy giving out peace signs wearing gas mask; it was about how we the young generation is growing up in the thick of nuclear threats and signs that point to total annihilation by these deadly bombs. Then I though this crazy idea-why not put a gas mask on the baby too? It does make sense, after all, that new and future generations born into this ever volatile state will not be immune to the ominous nuclear holocaust that can happen at any given moment. A loss of innocence in an age of war and destruction. Maybe next time ill add a Kevlar to the baby’s attire, then he will truly be the real life Bulletproof Baby…

Requiem

December 31, 2013

2013 Ink, watercolor, charcoal, pastel on Bristol 11x17

2013
Ink, watercolor, charcoal, pastel on Bristol
11×17

I am a huge fan of LINKIN PARK. Their music and the lyrics in many ways resonates with me mentally and spiritually. I can feel the angst and anxiety in most of their songs, a reflection of my often troubled state of being.

Their last three albums dealt with chaos and unrest of a world on brink of destruction. In the album “A Thousand Suns” prominently features the threat of a nuclear holocaust. This particular piece based on the first track in that album “Requiem” you would hear an eerie voice chanting over the haunting goth like techno music:

God save us everyone
When we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns
For the sins of our hand, the sins of our tongue
The sins of our father, the sins of our young, no

It sounds like a prayer of remorse and regret for man’s greed and pride that had brought about the destruction, but what good is regret when he’s gone too far to turn back, to undo the damages he has done…

I know it seems weird posting about this just on the eve of a New Year. But let’s rest assured we will live to see another year of more productivity. After all look what happened with 2012.

Happy New Years everyone! May your dreams come true!

P.S. I will be on break for the rest of this week to slowly soak in the reality of another year forward and to make some resolutions that I hopefully can keep. So see you next week with new work.
Ciao ciao!

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