Originally uploaded March 2014; hacked and taken offline; reposted
Why did you paint Dennis Rodman on the North Korean Flag?
Well, I saw this interview of Rodman going to North Korea and playing basketball for one of the most hated dictators in the whole world, it was a total bizarre story that I knew I had to paint as soon as I saw his interview. Below is the link to youtube original video:
What do you think of his 2 trips to North Korea?
Personally, my take is that this was set up by President Obama. If you look at the time of his Senate seat in Illinois, it coincided with the time when Rodman was a NBA star for the Chicago Bulls. Considering, Springfield, the Senate capitol, is in corn fields, Obama likely fund raised with NBA stars like Rodman as he rode the ranks of power. This has all the markings of a CIA mission gone astray.
That’s a bold statement; what proof do you have?
If you look back in time, in the 1960s when Nixon opened up China to trade, the US President started out by using pingpong diplomacy to kick off the idea of steering the Chinese away from the Soviet influence. After the Secret Speech by Khrushchev in 1956, Mao turned away from the USSR as a friend for fear of the population uprising in China against Mao himself. Below are some photos to put it into perspective.
What are the various figures in the painting?
I have Dennis Rodman from his interview in a Money suit surrounded with the starving children of North Korea under a broken basketball hoop. It is an allusion to the fact this country by using strict Communist methods of control of farming led to the disaster of the great famine of 1994-98, where up to one in seven citizens died from bad farming methods of the Kim regime. This is not the first famine either. The country sufferred bouts in 1952, 1955. Only foodbail outs from the West kept the country going. Ironically, if no country had gave them food, the regime might have fallen in the 1950s. A similar food bailout in 1920s for the USSR prolonged that regime’s power as well. So the empathy of “saving” starving families by Western governments actually resulted in prolonged suffering of these countries populations.
Why do you think this blog post was hacked and by whom?
Who knows? It makes the North Korean government and Obama administration look bad, so either could be a candidate. Most likely though, it was the North Koreans, who are known to have a vicious propaganda machine internally and firewall to prevent the “evils” of the West seeping into their pure society of self-independence and cult worship of the leaders as near gods.
Are there other parities of North Korea you like?
One of my favorite films is by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone called “Team America”, which parodies the entire Hollywood idea of kissing up to dictators, who profess to be on their liberal cause side, while actually killing their own population. It is great to see someone in Hollywood go against the grain, since many who do never work again in Hollywood due to their radicalism of one-sided political views.
Is this for sale?