What’s wrong with this picture?
At the end of last year, while perusing Time Magazine, I was shocked to come across these heads.
Moments after registering this unpleasant surprise, I wondered if I wasn’t over reacting. I emailed the image to a substantial number of people, asking in a neutral and sociological-survey-worthy tone if they didn’t notice anything odd about the portraits. The response I received was almost as alarming as the images: most people did not notice what I noticed. Of the minority who did see what I saw, only a handful were as irritated as I was. According to this test, I was indeed over reacting!
Still, I want to think that the illustrator didn’t do it on purpose. I have to think that the editor who passed on it was having a particularly clueless day. I need to make excuses for this image, because, all politics aside, this is a transparent (and shameless) example of a pervasive problem in Western society and most world cultures.
Then again, if Chwast had done it on purpose, would that mean the images qualify as art? Is his work really all that different from the one below?
- Survey says…
- “An artist’s job is to tell the truth.”
- When a Presidential candidate is like a President…