Being a member of the Charlotte Chapter of AIGA, A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to create a skateboard Design with whatever I had in mind. The final art piece was afterwards going to be part of a permanent collection of Industry Charlotte, A great new Coworking space and community of Start-ups. Many other very talented people participated and the overall exhibition was great!
My design was "A Fragment of the Second Panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch.
(Top Right next to Prince)
The original painting is created within three separated panels. The first one from left to right expresses a time where Humans are new to Planet Earth and they are still sharing a sense of discovery and exploration.
The second panel shows the saturated growth of civilization into an obscene circus of chaos and terrifying approaches to life. And, the third panel is pretty much a scene of total Earth destruction in the middle of a Human Apocalypse.
I chose to place the content of the second panel because that is the scenario that always comes to my mind when I look at social media now a days. I honestly think we are there and Hieronymus nailed it 500 years ago!
I invited my friends because beer and wine was going to be provided, and as you can see in the photo, they are big fans of Aesthetics and the Art of an Open Bar.
We ran out wine and out we went to continue our slow transition from Panel 2 to Panel 3.
Standing Rock is a movement and occupation taking place in North Dakota. It is opposing the construction of a pipeline that proposes to transport 450,000 barrels per day from North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. DAPL route goes under the Missouri river which threatens to contaminate the river which is the water source of the reservation and multiple states. It would also disturbed sacred and burial sites that according to the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 is Sioux Territory.
The first camp, Sacred Stone was founded in prayer by the youth of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. In late July the Standing Rock tribe invited the Oceti Sakowin, this was followed by remarkable sign of solidarity from other first peoples from Turtle Island and Land of Fire such as the Sarayakus from the Amazon and the Maoris in New Zealand. It became the largest gathering of Indigenous People since contact and the biggest gathering ever with allies. At the end of the summer of 2016 the camp reached its high with 7000 people, including elders, warriors and children standing together in order to protect life and the sovereignty of Indian Nations.
Standing Rock is a movement rooted in spirituality which chore values celebrate life and the interconnectedness with nature. It is in direct conflict with Judeo-Christian philosophy that have shaped the Western world which places humans as stewards and grants them dominion over nature. Standing Rock stands against the ongoing exploitation of the land for the sake of monetary gain and the perpetuation of an already shameful history of colonization.