Sunday, April 26, 2015

captain cook

“Captain Cook - The Coming of the White Man to the South Pacific”

This counter cultural image of Captain Cook is in the vein of the biting social, political and historical commentary of traditional pictorial Mexican art.
The macabre iconography of the Day of the Dead (skulls, skelletons) presents an opportunity for anti-establishment political and social opinions to be expressed - often via dark, satirical visual humour. Provocative, often burlesque, vibrant graphic and folk art images of animated skeletons and skulls serve to mock politicians, ridicule the wealthy and bourgeois for their excesses and vanity, deride the powerful and corrupt, and caricature the pretentious - providing biting commentary on a wide range of human foibles often in a grotesque carnival-like style.