Gave a talk to academia this week (me on the left). The focus was Iraq and terrorism, using my editorial work as the vehicle. Admirably, the college is attempting to raise the consciousness on campus - Joel Meyorwitz talked last week (a tough act to follow). Started out with 150 images, editing it down to around half that. Had a very thoughtful and interested crowd in attendance and so it went very well. The principle point I was trying to make was that in the age of spin, rhetoric and propaganda, the artist as "purveyor of truth" can cut through it all like a knife. Or, conversely, become a tool of the propaganda machine. Because of the narrow and often skewed opinion expressed in editorials, I try not to illustrate the rant, but instead find a universal humanity - engaging viewers emotionally and hopefully provoking them to think beyond the rhetoric.
Having just put this down as text, it looks so damn lofty and self important, but luckily, I think I struck the right chord for the talk.
David: I enjoy seeing so much of your work in the wall street journal. Heck - yesterday two of yours were even plugged up at the top of p.1! The attendees at your talk were surely impressed, informed and entertained. Hopefully you showed a lot of skulls!
David BamundoApril 15, 2006
Randy et. al.
I think I can provide some insight into the WSJ invoice situation - a few years back the Art Departments were split on to 2 separate floors. The weekend folks (Weekend Journal and Pursuits) are on the 10th floor and all the rest o' the folks are on 9. You'd be amazed (or maybe not) how this small change has effected mail distribution. That is why it is always best to eMail them a PDF of your invoice. You really are taking a chance with ol' fashioned snail mail - hate to say it - that goes for promos too!! I've been emailing PDFs to the journal and am at times amazed at how fast I've been paid.