Tag: war

I am contributing artwork to the workshop, “Hitting the Target?” - How New Capabilities Are Shaping Contemporary International Intervention in 12 July 2012 - 13 July 2012 at  cii – the Centre for International Intervention, School of Politics, University of Surrey in the UK.  There ...Read more>

1 June 2012 |

The Berkman Buzz at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society provides timely reminders on digital issues. This week they let me know (and to my surprise) about a balanced and well-reasoned article about Anonymous , the hacker-activist movement that the US military cyber-war division ...Read more>

8 April 2012 |


The United State's Attorney General Eric Holder today made a speech to justify the legal framework around targeted killings, including of a US citizen overseas.  The full text of his speech is to be found at Opinio Juris who will be publishing analysis quite soon ...Read more>

6 March 2012 |


I want to share this remarkable album. I haven't been following the heavy metal scene myself for some years, but was really impressed by this book and CD project of heavy metal Islam by Mark Levine.  That cross-cultural nature of art and music ...Read more>

25 February 2012 |

I want to post the release of the 22,000 word report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and analysis by highly regarded legal blog Opinio Juris about this report in its post , Chesney on Attacking Mourners and Rescuers with Drones,  ...Read more>

7 February 2012 |


Within the last 72 hours, soldier's cheered the closing of the gates and the end of the Iraq War which has destroyed more than the lives of nearly 4,840 soldiers (4,500 American) plus a conservatively reported 100,000 Iraqi lives.
It destroyed our trust in our capacity to overcome our nature. ...Read more>

19 December 2011 |

I want to post Richard Flanagan's very brave and eloquent extract from his closing address at the 2011 Melbourne Writers' Festival- ‘The Australian Disease: The Decline of Love and the Rise of Non-freedom’ . It's strange, ten years ago the reasoning behind this piece wouldn't be under such siege ...Read more>

29 November 2011 |

Without a doubt, al-Awlaki was not a man of peace. In a current Politico article on the latest targeted killing by US drones, all the questions that disturb me about drone warfare are asked, but regrettably not answered with respect to the lessons of ...Read more>

2 October 2011 |

Selected articles from the 9/11 blogosphere : Memories are still vivid, but we need to declare the end of the 9/11 era by Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian UK , 06/09/11. Mark the September 11 anniversary with care, ...Read more>

10 September 2011 |


I often use the term 'gateway image"to describe a painting which is a bridge between one series and the next. Most of the time it is not that clean, because you travel a road and the landscape changes along the way.  So there are not really any breaks ...Read more>

31 August 2011 |

I realised that this painting has not been posted in my Visual Diary so here it is. It is a small canvas (20x20cm) called Kandahar Kandy , and is a companion piece to Nothing Like A Drone (both Feb 2011 completed). I merged a Hollywood character ...Read more>

26 August 2011 |


The contemporary trend for global conflict is the dehumanisation of warfare and, in particular, extrajurisdictional killings by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones). Recently The Washington Post reported on the Aspen Security Conference, where CBS News and 60 Minutes Correspondent ...Read more>

31 July 2011 |

WAR POETRY 2011 has updated its page with new poems by soldiers including veterans of the Iraq conflict. I found Gerardo Mena's poem "So I was a coffin" both disturbing and moving. I read it several times. Palestinian poet Suheir Hammad's poems evokes another lens ...Read more>

31 May 2011 |


In this surreal landscape, Department of Defence (DOD) Dragonfly robots both record and control Julian Assange, our 19th century marionette-Crusader, holding his shield of digital secrets as the world redefines war.
If the battle today is about moderates and extremists, does anyone of us dare to admit where we stand? ...Read more>

25 December 2010 |

This painting is now in week 8 of not getting past this point. It's ok, in the meantime I did a small one, Kandahar Kandy , and started some notes on a possible illustration project for a book on chanson des geste. But any ...Read more>

23 September 2010 |


It is the intimate, personal, penetratingly perceptive touch,
indeed, that is equipped to furnish a chapter
that would have been missing were the camera exclusively relied upon.

--New York Times review of combat art show, 1943 One link between artists and soldiers is the promise of appreciation (immortality?) after ...Read more>

21 September 2010 |

I've been finishing off the cake quartet. Where this strange analogy of the wedding cake comes into it, I have to admit to some inspired, but ultimately mysterious, source. I like that I don't always know what's happening on my canvases. I mean sure, I follow a ...Read more>

27 August 2010 |

Completed painting "Angels and Pears" [pictured]

Acrylic paint, screenprint and gold leaf on canvas. Several layers of print here. The leaf is applied on the pears and crosses.

It's part of a contemplation on the role of Spirit in the peace process that came out of several sketches I ...Read more>

24 September 2009 |

The ‘silencing effect’ of laws that make being ‘un-Australian’ (or Un-American-Un-British) harder to measure, while increasing the power to detain us indefinitely without sufficient evidence of guilt, creates a real fear of self-expression. It dampens the creativity and honesty in our work. - Carl ...Read more>

13 June 2008 |

  EXHIBITION - Pittsburgh, PA, USA Sept 14- Oct 20, 2007. American Caricature: An Exhibit of Political Cartoons - A World View of the United States by 34 political cartoonists. Opening Sept 14 - Oct 20, 2007, Three Rivers ...Read more>

14 September 2007 |


NEW EXHIBITION: CUNY Graduate Centre NY April 2007
 
 I will have 2 pieces in Leading labour cartoonist Gary Huck's Reflex: An exhibition of political cartoons. A world view of the United States to be launched April 26-28, 2007 at the CUNY Graduate Center, 34th Street and Fifth Avenue, ...Read more>

17 February 2007 |

This is an interview I gave to promote the Sedition show with McKenzie Murray interviewing me.
RTRFM Radio in Perth have been very supportive, especially with Sedition and Other Bedtime Stories. They were really surprised that I was doing the only ...Read more>

16 August 2006 |



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