fabulous depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes by scott scheidly
fabulous depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes by scott scheidly fabulous depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes by scott scheidly
may 21, 2012

fabulous depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes by scott scheidly

‘kim jong-il’ from ‘portraits: a series of ‘fabulous’ depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes’ by scott scheidly, 2012 8" x 10",  14"x 16" with frame  acrylic on wood all images courtesy spoke art

artist scott scheidly of florida, USA, had developed portraits for four notorious or influential public figures of the 20th century with an emphasis on their more feminine sides. adolf hitler, kim jong-il, joseph stalin and pope john paul II have all been re-imagined by scheidly in shades of pink and purple outfitted by accessories such as dangling earrings, jewel uniform detailing and leopard print scarves complimented by hearts, flowers and unicorns. the series is the artist’s painted reinterpretation of these feared/revered patriarchs as he substitutes their hyper-masculine attire with objects, symbols and colors that are considered hyper-feminine.

though the viewer may recall the horrible achievements of these men when gazing upon their likeliness, in this instance, their typical portrayal as being uncompromising beacons of masculinity and the centerpoints of ruthless regimes has been undercut by juxtaposition of lightened shades while still pictured in their classical portrait poses. scheidly’s painted series attempts to highlight the single dimensionality of a lone, patriarchic person in power– those who have subjected millions of people to their tyrannic rule without breaking his starkly masculine exterior– by introducing their undeniable humanity or duality in giving each male figure of power a layer of feminimity to contrast their typical portrayal.

‘hitler’ print on archival giclee 300# hot press paper 11" x 14" ed. 20

‘stalin’ 12" x 16", 17" x 21" with frame acrylic on wood

‘pope’ 16" x 20" oval, 23" x 27" with frame acrylic on wood

  • Love JP II’s ensemble! Never the less, it is difficult to disremember his horrible achievements. (And Im very grateful to the artist for including him in this outstanding pantheon of power.)

    Harlod Hapless says:
  • Being very sceptical about the concept of religion in general but being raised in a catholic country I see how being critical about many positions of Giovanni Paolo II and the catholic church is appropriate, espescially the pursue of ancient sexual moral. However there are no \”ACHIEVEMENTS\” of GP in this field, he just continued the traditions. I dont really get the point where one could compare him to kim jong il, hitler or stalin in any way, dictators who did no good whatsoever in their times. Even with an extremely critic eye he cannot stand uncommented within the biggest mass murderers of human history. I dont see the point the artist wants to make and as he doesnt seem to have anything to say about it (also on his website) I assume its just some superficial and despensable cry for attention with some unreflected pseudo art. In my eyes it has some homophobe tendencies or what do you want to say? Calling kim jong il, hitler, stalin and giovanni paolo \”GAY\” like some unreflected pubescent bully, seriously?

    tnt says:
  • though i am a bit skeptical about this concept as well, i don’t think the artist is necessarily calling these leaders ‘gay’ in a pubescent, bulling manner. to me, this series further makes ridiculous the horrible things these men did in their time on the earth as the artist paints them as individuals with duality or depth, stripping away a bit of the villainous lens through which we typically view these individuals by infusing femininity into their portraits. the series definitely highlights the ridiculousness of patriarchy and the rule of one individual with a huge group of people subjected to their tyranny without having room for other ideas, other ways of existence or room for critique.

    francesca gottardo says:
  • Missing the Israeli and American portraits.

    Crocography says:
  • Depends. Which American and Which Israeli?

    BECK says:
  • Shure (and I feel extremely awkward defending a pope) theres a lot of due criticism on catholicism and most religious leaders. Still comparison is hard between \”Patriarchs\” that actively had killed millions and a religious leader that of course influences Millions in their life decisions but has no active political power whatsoever.

    Maybe there are just a few more Patriarch/Tyrannic/Religious Supervillain Leaders that maybe made the world a worse place missing in the Series, heres an uncomplete list to select from: George Bush, George W. Bush, Tito, Mussolini, Franco, Benedetto, Maggie Thatcher, Gadhaffi, Hussein, Ali Chamene\’i, Netanjahu, Ron Hubbard, McCarthy/Hoover, Jesus, Mohammed, Che Guevara, Castro, Leopold II of Belgium, Hu Jintao, PolPot, Mao, Pinochet, Botha, Putin, Nijasow, Musharraf, Assad, Abdullah Saud, Berlusconi, Ahmadinedschad, Ahmad al-Baschir, Mugabe, Taylor, Honecker, and so on.

    tnt says:
  • mediocre work parasiting…otherwise an irrelevant pinkish piece of paint.

    leopoldo laguinge says:
  • @tnt
    But doesn’t the pope’s opinion on gay people, people of other faith systems (ie non-christians), women’s health and reproductive health issues make him somewhat of an active political influence? I mean, his opinion as the voice of the church guides many leaders to commit the crimes against humanity over the years… The church’s power is anything but passive in world politics (in the past and present day). He holds the last word on many ‘moral’ issues and he is clearly THE position of power in a male-ruled system (the catholic church)… scusa, but I think PJPII fits in this list.
    Also, I agree with your additions to the list

    James Brown says:
  • Hilarious! The heart glasses on Kim Jong Ill!

    katie keller says:
  • this is almost as good as [url=http://kimjongillookingatthings.tumblr.com/] kim jong-il looking at things [/url]

    silvie says:
  • @tnt

    You include Jesus in your list of \’bad people\’. What for exactly?

    Your analysis is a bit sixth-form; its way too right-on and predictable. Its the sort of list of \’baddies\’ a first year Politics Student would choose;

    down with… er, people in power, religions, and rich people… and stuff

    Douglas says:
  • This is not “Hitler” on the painting: it´s obvious only a still from a movie -> the “Hitler” from Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards” !

    maze says:
  • It\’s like Richard Mosse’s photography, only maybe not as effective. Nice portraits though…

    Shane says:
  • Sixth grade thats exactly the point I wanted to make, a good description of scheidlys work. Like his other pseudio dalì esque stuff. Another artist (always wrong to call yourself an artist in my opinion) with some semi reflected work asking for public postrationalisation. @Douglas its interesting you ask why I added Jesus but not why I added Mohammed…Christianity was the root to some of the darkest parts in human history so Jesus must be considered the root of the evil and the patriarchal system of catholic church. In case you dont know what I am talking about I\’d suggest you get some extra history lessons. I am not defending christianity/pope/patriarchy, just criticising semi reflected waste of paint.

    @James Brown I totally agree with you about misguided sexual politics that shurely influenced (but definitely not created) the AIDS problem in Africa. However the other three actively had killed Milions of people, I am not so shure the GPII can be made directly responsible for anything even remotely comparable. The other three can be made responsible for somehting around 50-70 000 000 deaths which would represent about the population of Italy. I just dont see how that compares

    Apparently scheidly googled for hitler, found a still from inglorious bastards and didnt even realise it …… please get history lessons. And spare the world your surrealist mushrooms that used to be new a hundred years ago.

    tnt says:
  • Love the idea. I’m not getting the inclusion of PJP II though.

    Kishcolli says:
  • Interesting idea. Don’t understand the inclusion of a Pope?

    anon says:
  • speaking of tyranny—what about this: According to the Aspen Art Museum’s recently mailed annual report: “In the sixth year of the groundbreaking Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Skiing Company partnership, the duo presented unique collaborative projects that celebrate the shared vision of art in unexpected places.” Cough.

    Aspen Skiing Company has fired a singer [Dan Sheridan], banned his song [Big Money], censored a newspaper [Aspen Daily News] and banned a whistleblower under threat of arrest [Lee Mulcahy PhD] from all company property, including leased National Forest.

    According to the Aspen Daily News, the Art Museum banned Mulcahy from all museum functions, including its leased public building [owned by Aspen Citizens]. The museum most recently made news in Germany under the search tags ‘petty tyranny’ and ‘protect artistic’ freedom:
    Man’s ban from future museum site unconstitutional
    Publiziert am 6. April 2012 von Nietzer

    A local man wants a judge to void the Aspen Art Museum’s ban that prevents him from stepping foot on property owned by the institution.
    Lee Mulcahy filed a lawsuit against Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, the museum’s director and curator, in Pitkin County Court on Thursday. The lawsuit, which seeks $250, says his ban from the museum’s future location, an empty lot at Hopkins Avenue and Spring Street, is unconstitutional.
    The artist and former ski instructor apparently ran afoul of the museum in November. Detractors of the museum’s relocation into downtown hung “For Sale” signs on two tractor-trailers at the future site. The museum’s manager told police that he had video footage of Mulcahy hanging the signs, according to an officer’s report.
    Mulcahy’s lawsuit against Zuckerman Jacobson contains a letter to The Aspen Times from Aspen resident Richie Cohen in which Cohen admits to hanging the “For Sale” signs. The court filing also mentions Zuckerman Jacobson’s comments to the Aspen Daily News about the vandalism. She said in November that the museum would be installing lights and cameras on the new site to deter similar acts.
    She also referenced the signs on display in New York City subways — “If you see something, say something,” she said at the time, encouraging people to call police or the museum if they witness suspicious activity.
    “To protest this treatment of the community, the plaintiff created an art piece, wrote a letter criticizing [Zuckerman Jacobson] entitled ‘Criminal or Hilarious?’ and … painted ‘Meet the Art Police,’” Mulcahy wrote in the court filing.
    Mulcahy, representing himself, says in the lawsuit that on another occasion, he taped a “citation from the citizens of Aspen” and a piece of art inspired by Occupy Wall Street “onto the museum’s sign and surveillance camera pole.”
    He was later told that he had been banned from the vacant lot.
    Mulcahy, who on Wednesday filed a libel lawsuit against Aspen Skiing Co. CEO Mike Kaplan in connection with the plaintiff’s dismissal from the company in January 2011, cites the First Amendment in his suit against Zuckerman Jacobson.
    The amendment “is designed to protect artistic and other expressive activities from petty tyranny,” the lawsuit says.
    Asked for comment about both lawsuits, Mulcahy late Thursday sent an email containing quotes from former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass. He did not respond to additional efforts to reach him Friday.
    Because of the museum’s nonprofit status, Mulcahy apparently considers the future site to be public property.
    As such, he and others who similarly disagree with museum officials’ plans “will be chilled and burdened in the exercise of [their] First Amendment rights because of the continued threat of arrest on public property,” the lawsuit says. “The ban is unconstitutionally overboard in that it renders subject to incarceration and other treatment persons who are ‘very verbal’ about the museum….”

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    Dear Aspen Art Museum and Philanthropist Paula Crown, owner of the Little Nelk where this event was heldl, doctoral candidate & student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in… art,

    Since art is by its definition indefinable, let me help your understanding with some quotes from my recent gigs in Berlin:

    “Artists are citizens, artists are social and political subjects. There is no border between art and life, art and society.” -Artur Zmijewski
    [“Artur Żmijewski (born 26 May 1966 in Warsaw) is a Polish visual artist, filmmaker and photographer. During the years of 1990-1995 he studied at Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. He is an author of short video movies and photography exhibitions, which were shown all over the world. Since 2006 he s artistic editor of the “Krytyka Polityczna”.
    His solo show If It Happened Only Once It’s As If It Never Happened was at “Kunsthalle Basel” in 2005, the same year in which he represented Poland at the 51st Venice Biennale. He has shown in Documenta 12 (2007), and Manifesta 4 (2002); Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2012, 2005); National Gallery of Art Zacheta, Warsaw (2005); Kunstwerke, Berlin (2004); CAC, Vilnius (2004); “Moderna Museet”, Stockholm (1999). Earlier this year he presented Democracies at “Foksal Gallery Foundation”, Warsaw; and is making new work for The Museum of Modern Art (Moma) in New York as part of their Projects’ Series in September 2009. “Cornerhouse”, Manchester, will also present the first major UK survey of Zmijewski’s work, spanning his practice from 2003 to the present day, from November 2009 – January 2010.”-wikipedia]

    or……..”Forget passivity” by Sarah Handyside in the magazine Exberliner, issue 105:

    “The 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art not only comments on politics-it provides a platform for political action and collective participation. As promised, rabble-rousing video artist Artur Zmijewski and co-curator Joanna Warsza are blurring the line between art and action at this year’s Biennale. They’ve invited Occupy activists to take over the entire first floor of the KW building…. Ambitiously, Zmijewski and Warsza are also launching TheGlobalSquare.org, a decentralized, open-source network that endeavours to unite all social movements into one seamless global collaboration….”

    or the Institute Svizzero di Roma’s P/ACT for Art: Solidarity Action @ the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art:

    “Art can activate forms of dissent and critical thought regarding the global system.”-Teresa Macri
    “If artists should be honoured to be hosted by a museum, there is an idea of culture understood as a form of entertainment.”-Maria ROsa Sossai, Art critic and curator, Rome.

    “Getting beyond individualism means to starting to exist politically, in a form of solidarity capable of opposing the utraliberal dictates that usually govern the art world.”-Laurent Faulon, artist, Rome.

    From one of the exhibits @Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2012 7th Berlin Biennale:

    “In history, it has been seen that artistic innovation tends to flourish,to a great extent, where economic liberalism is most inventive and uncontrolled. The status of the artist is based on social conditions neoliberalism would like to offer workers as a whole. Besides a near total lack of social guarantees, this hypercompetitive system produces a situation of general submission to the system….”
    “I am forced to orient my production between a luxury product for collectors and an accessory with a social function that is justifiable in terms of public expenditure, the control I have over its political and social role decreases in proportion to the acclaim it is able to gain. Starting with this observation, it seems out of place to expect an explicitly political commitment from the content of my work, without running the risk of seeing it as a mere motive or alibi….” – Laurent Faulon, Artist, Lives and works at the Instituto Svizzero di Roma

    Hope this helps, lee mulcahy phd

    lee mulcahy says:
  • Дибилы!!!

    Саша says:

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