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NEWS PAINTINGS / BEHEADINGS, THE EUROPEAN MIGRANT DRAMA and related issues , 2014 FF

the OBAMA years

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some notes about my news paintings

since i m a child and visited the local museum of middle age torture instruments right 5 minutes away from where i grew up in an austrian town with 800 years of city rights, i was intrigued with history and their representation. Delacroix"s historical paintings left bigger impression on me as a teenager than a Mona Lsa when at the Louvre. I eventually even got a master in history at university.

My first "news painting" i made when the new york times delivered the first "homocide bombers" in 2003 that couldn't even be named suicide bombers yet. This initiated a series of "news paintings" stretching all along the Bush years. Once we got too used to news content like hanging US soldiers from bridges in Falluja. or kids or pregnant women weaponizing themselves i stopped the practice of painting internet news papers towards the end of the. josh administration. i only retook it during the Obama years when spectacular IS behesdings stirred up our medistic indifference again and delivered imagery that rivaled hollywood manufacturing. More of my newspaintings were made again. This time the pictorial freeze framing captured shocking news reports of the exportation of terror from the middle east to european centers. Currently i am working on the depiction of the .killing of the Russuian ambassador to .Turkey resembling Robert Longo "/ paintings of the late 1980. .

i have no doubt that the hawkish nomination of the bellicose looking Trump cabinet will bring us anew news reports of the "shock and awe" category whixh i will try to capture and cool down with acrylic paint on canvas from hot computer screens .

I do believe that the 24 /7 news cycle is producing it s own amnesia and needs to be backed up with some cold and anachronistic media storage to be reframed in a news resistant i"nteressenlose/ purpose/interest free" environment like a gallery or a museum. My newspaintings are ongoing but depend on the power and nature of the news content to unseat us, to chock us, to upset us. i also limit myself to man made. international, politics driven incidents and don't depict national or local crimes that may be as seriously aggravating and touching as those i select. But personal, racist, homophobic and other crazy homocodes or mass killings are normally not the result of a set of relative short term political decision making. The underlying lethal activism of my depictions are mostly assymetrical acts of distruction, hatred and desperation that are political, tactical and strategic and often catered and tailored for the infotainment industry.

 

MORE TEXT ABIUT NEWS PAINTINGS

 

 

NEWS PAINTING, Anti-Islamic State activist and his friend beheaded in Turkey, Washington Post, 10/10/2015

accrylic paint, 220 x 160 cm / 87x 63 inches

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since 2011 when suicide bombing and war woke us all up.... I started to simply paint newsweb sites (have them painted)

after 10 years a general fatigues stopped this interest in war cruelities and I stopped this series -- but with ISIS or ISOL or IS (islamic state) and their formal photogenic beheadings in desert environment - beheadings that very purely media events, made for the media and consumed by the media- I ordered more of these paintings .... and .....

 

 

NEWS PAINTING, An abondoned truck carrying the dead bodies ..., New York Times, 08/28/2015

accrylic paint, 220 x 160 cm / 87x 63 inches

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NEWS PAINTING, Isis video purports to show killing of ethiopian christians, the New York Times, 04/20/2015

accrylic paint, 220 x 160 cm / 87x 63 inches

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New Painting, ISIS says it has killed 2nd Japanese Hostage, the New York Times, 1/31/2015

accrylic paint, 220 x 160 cm / 87x 63 inches

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NEWS PAINTING, Migrants grasped the hull of a boat ..., The New York Times, 4/21/2015, 2015 ,

accrylic paint, 220 x 160 cm / 87x 63 inches

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