Flashback: Torture Revisited

Tortured States

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Most of my work is commentary; reactions to current political events, stating my perception of the issue at hand. Unfortunately as an artist, this dates my work very quickly, making it momentarily relevant and then old news a few weeks later. It’s like watching a favorite movie from the Eighties only to find that some of the humor and all of the styles are terribly out of fashion. C’est la vie.

Occasionally, issues from the past rear their ugly heads, allowing for a look back at past work. Such is the case with the recent Senate report on torture by the CIA and the Bush Administration, which was the subject of one of my “Republicans Cereal Boxes” entitled “Tortured States”. While we must remember how out for blood everyone was post 9-11, and with shows like FOX’s “24” desensitizing America to the use of torture to the point of even cheering it on (I was a fan of the show, I must confess), we must not forget that the practice was not only illegal but produced no good intel. And if you look back through the history of torture techniques like waterboarding, they were never meant to produce truth, but to force confessions or conversions of ideology.

So with that little rant, I offer my take on waterboarding circa Spring 2008.

 

What is Graphix4change?

Let’s start with what it is NOT:
• Graphix4change is not a militant organization.
•  It is not a corporate entity, nor is it a non-profit organization. 
•  It is not even a grass-roots web movement.

It is simply the personal of an opinionated graphic designer and design instructor… me. It is my soapbox to rant, my wallboard to post signs on, mywebsite connection to the great experiment called Democracy in America and to a larger extent the experiment of a democratic World Wide Web.

I have never sold advertising on the site, nor is the work funded by anyone other than myself. From time to time I get hired to create works for others (campaign literature, posters, etc.), or even sell images I’ve created privately, but in general I have used the site to post my personal work and made it available worldwide, for free.

Why would I do this? Not because I’m independently wealthy, but as a designer, most of the work I do is for hire for someone else’s message or product, and I wanted a venue to express my own political views that no one seemed to want to pay me for. And since political art only seems to ever find an audience in the art world every four years or so, posting images on-line allows for a 24/7/365 virtual exhibit without needing a physical venue.

I have the great fortune of having viewers, fans and detractors from countries all over the world, something I never could have achieved through my client work alone or by exhibiting solely in Chelsea.

So if you’ve made it through this far, thank you for taking the time to visit my little self-important site. Feel free to download images, contact me with comments and suggestions. And if you are looking to hire a smart-assed designer for your progressive cause, I’d be happy to be paid for what I do.

Enjoy,
Mike
Creator of www.graphix4change.com

Current

Hobby Lobby

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Here is the first of two new cartoons I had sketched out but haven't had a chance to render until now. When President Obama announced his plan to expand the US presence in Iraq and conduct air strikes not only in Iraq but Syria as well, it went against the Administrations plans from a year ago, not to mention his first campaign. This is the last place Obama wanted to be and I'm sure he never thought he'd be the President to expand military presence in the Middle East. But here we are. My first thoughts when he gave his address was how much it reminded me of Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part 3: trying to finally rid himself of Mafia ties when suddenly the Mob pulls him back into the bloody business. My drawing includes formal Iraqi soldiers, lots of ISIS fighters, and a rag-tag group of Syrian civilian fighters, whom we would allegedly be arming. While looking for photo sources, I was struck by how many pre-teen boys were pictured helping fight, thus the boy with the much too large gun.