Friday, April 23, 2010

Crude Person


Crude Person
Improvised Mixed Media - Corsallagh Bog, Sligo Ireland on Earth Day 2010


I consider the whole Earth Day stuff to be nothing more than superficial, corporate. political and media rubbish, as is mainstream modern environmentalism in general. So I did this more to point the finger at these armchair environmentalists and posers who think they are "saving the planet" by worshipping a hypocritical charlatan such as Al Gore. The fact that he praised the US Navy for designing a Carbon-Neutral Jet Bomber which can slaughter people in the Middle East for oil in an "environmentally ethical manner" just showed up this entire insane crusade for what it is.

6 comments:

PO Johnson said...

I for one, consider the Earth Day important. I agree that it’s become quite dependent on companies, but personally I don’t think this is wrong. I have supported Earth Day activities for some time. Don’t you think it’s a good thing that business becomes more aware about the environment (and start acting on this)?

Thomas Sheridan said...

I was involved in a lot of this kind of thing for years. I was a member of Greenpeace here in Ireland and was also involved with the ecology party which became the The Green Party whom are currently in power here. Back then it was all abut real issues like cleaning up oil spills and real pollution. Then it all became very political and people who came out of the ruins of the European marxist movements suddenly became "Greens" but it had nothing to do with ecology.

Fact is that every day should be an Earth Day, not one which allows the polluters to sponser events and then pollute and expolit the rest of the year. The hypocracy is astounding at times. Holding the Climate Summit in Fiji and jet loads of these people flying there to tell the rest of us we can't drive a car. That kind of thing is what I can't endorse and yet this is the mentality behind Earth Day - "let's have a party and do our bit to save the world." It's all terribly superficial to me.

Francis Scudellari said...

Yes, "greenwashing" has become so commonplace and accepted now that no one even seems to notice. I hadn't heard that Al Gore quote about the jets, but it's pretty stunning. I'm afraid that any movement that either emanates from the top or gets taken over by it is doomed to irrelevancy. Real change has to come in the hearts of the "commons" and I think that can best happen through the influence of art ... and that's why I've pretty much withdrawn from overt political action recently.

Thomas Sheridan said...

Yeah me too. Politics is a total con run for big business. There is no right-left, conservative-liberal, etc; these choices are created to make people believe we have a choice. I agree, just take your life into your own hands and try to implement positive change for yourself and those we love in a tangible way and stop externalising our power. Art is the best way I feel to do this.

That evening I drove out to the bog and collected the garbage which made this sculpture and brought it to the recycling centre. Now the bog is less polluted. Being Earth Day or not I would have done this anyways.

Ande said...

I agree; politics is usually crap for individuals. Sure, as with all activities with heavy business involvement, this runs the risk of getting too slick, but I don’t think it’s anything basically wrong with Earth Day.

human being said...

ahhh... this is a great illustration of the iroinc life of the money-stricken modern man...

the pedestal is considerd more valuable than the statue...



this foiling rude crude oil!
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