A journey into the creative mind of Larry Swetman that explores his art, writings, photography, and life. Local, US, and International Politics; Art; Occupy; Social Justice; Science; Philosophy; Poetry.
The Blood Of The Martyr Is The Seed Of Dissent
This piece is inspired by the current reiteration of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. In the little under a month old conflict thousands of Palestinian civilians have died as a result of an Israeli massacre that can only be described ironically in David and Goliath terms. The name of the piece indicates the long-term affects of this campaign. The picture is of an actual Israeli grenade that has been repurposed as a flower pot. The flower pot image represents the meager means that Palestinians have to live on inside the Gazan prison. The moniker "whit love" at the bottom is the actual handwriting of an Israeli girl who wrote that on an actual Israeli missile. The blue background is meant to ease the viewer with some semblance of piece until they realize that it is the blue straight from the Israeli flag. The subtlety is reflected in the small trickles of blood that watered the flower to grow.
Creation Bent, 2014
Recently, gravitational waves that Einstein predicted in the fabric of space time were discovered. These waves- the "smoking gun of the Big Bang"- give credence to the theory that our Universe expanded faster than the speed of light in the first trillion trillionth of a second. This discovery makes it almost impossible to deny the scientific basis for the Big Bang some 14 billion years ago which warps the traditional Christian (and consequently politically conservative) views of the world as 6,000 years old. I chose Michelangelo Buonarroti's "La creazione di Adamo" as the basis of the piece for its representational value and warped the image based on the actual map of the gravitational waves. The red and blue are both symbolic of the political realities and picture a map of the radio waves themselves.
Crimea River, 2014
This piece is both satire and commentary. I attended an anti-Putin rally in Amsterdam in 2013 because of his discriminatory LGBTQ policies and was moved by the Dutch LGBTQ crowds joy and pride in their anger. Since Putin likes to be pictured in "manly" situations such as riding shirtless on horseback or petting tigers I decided to clothe him in his own shame. His outfit represents the gaudiness with which he flaunts his domestic and foreign policies. He is wearing a Russian Orthodox cross to represent his apparent allegiance to the Church while he flaunts his egotism and empire. He is also wearing the Russian Imperial crown to symbolize his intentions of restoring power to former Soviet Block. The bottle in the lower left hand corner reads "power" in Russian because Putin is drunk on it as he raises his Crimean victory flag. Conservative mainstream media likes to paint Putin as a fearless epic manly man of a man. This is my counterpoint.
Republican Jesus, 2012
Throwmar Qaddafi, 2012
God Save The Queen, 2010
"Oh my God, the price of oil must be through the roof", 2011
Crumbs From The Lord's Table, 2010
Vitruvian Woman, 2010
Another Day At The Capitol, 2010
Nadir Bin Laden, 2010
Powerful and Confused, 2013
View From A Cop Car, 2014
This piece represents the black and white thinking of policing policy in America. The stop and frisk program overwhelmingly victimizes people of color and targets them for demoralizing pat downs and unconstitutional searches. However, despite the gross misconduct of officers and malfeasance of local law enforcement these policies do not change. The traffic light is a symbol of a geographically highly placed barometer of reasonable doubt which is often measured by skin color instead of actual misconduct. If you are black or brown you are highly more likely to be stopped and frisked; If you are white, you are free to go. This piece is a challenge to that status quo and a protest of unjust and racist policing policies.
Captain America 2.0, 2013
The Omen, 2014
This piece is a commentary on the dove that was released by Pope Francis and was attacked by a crow and a seagull at the Vatican. In more ancient times this event would have most certainly been seen as an ill omen though anyone who would suggest such a thing these days would be dismissed as a loon. The birds are colored in a "Matrix" green to denote the medium by which this information was conveyed- the Internet. The scribbled "The End Is Here" is written in a graffiti style to reflect how an apocalyptic message would be conveyed by a loon on the street in this day and age.