"Water and light"
Acrylic on canvas by @lorigilbertart
CAN YOU BE BOTHERED READING? Around the same time as Jackson Pollack was producing his body of work, a medical researcher and virologist Jonas Salk released results on the Salk vaccine from a field trial that proved to be effective in the immunization against Polio. The Vaccine was licensed in 1955. After a huge immunization campaign, the annual number of polio cases in the US fell from 35,000 in 1953 to 5,600 by 1957. By 1961 only 161 cases were recorded in the United States. Salk never patented the vaccine, though, on principle. He is quoted as saying, "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?
We move forward 60 years, and in September 2015, Martin Shkreli, founder and former CEO of Turning Pharmacuticals , bought the license for Daraprim, a drug used to treat toxoplasmosis, and more famously, HIV/AIDS and raised its price by a factor of 56 (from USD$13.5 to USD$750 per pill). In other words, he commodified life giving drugs. In response to criticism on this issue, Shkreli said this: "If you see someone selling a Aston Martin for the price of a bicycle, and you buy that company and put the prices up to a Toyota, I don't see a problem with that". To me this is as striking a commentary of our world, as much as Jackson Pollack's "the atomic bomb, the airplane or the radio". This is a snapshot of a society where the wealthy equate the necessary expense of drugs to aid in serious illness with the luxury expense of an Aston Martin.
The picasso manifesto -
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Skateboard Love / Pen on paper (Cardstock)
From the PO TOLO series 2017
24"x18" oil and wax on rag paper.
The moon last night in Cozumel
#throwbackthursday to the #BluethumbArtPrize18 last week. We can't believe it's already been a whole week since the Bluethumb Art Prize exhibition! Thanks again to everyone who came along for such a fun night. Here are some of the highlights from the night.⠀
We're already looking forward to next year 💙 ⠀
Photos by @megangeorgephoto⠀