I have been quietly working for the past 19 months on research to stretch my previous painting which looked at the way that our cultures influence political decisions. What began with using old Hollywood as metaphor for political relationships, policy and military intervention is now a deeper exploration of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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