fundamentalism on the march
November 12, 2004 10:47 PM   Subscribe

Christ's Entry Into Washington 2008 is a painting by Joel Pelletier featuring a cast of 121 contemporary characters and a theme of fundamentalism on the march. The work is modeled after Christ's Entry Into Brussels 1899, a mural by James Ensor. (via cioran63)
posted by madamjujujive (21 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Funny. Bush lies so much that as an objective observer, I'd gotten the impression that he doesn't believe in God. Huh. What's he doing in that painting?
posted by interrobang at 11:03 PM on November 12, 2004


(And this looks more Ben Shahn than James Ensor.)
posted by interrobang at 11:06 PM on November 12, 2004


Dunno, ?!, the fact that Bush lies a lot makes it more plausible to me that he does believe in God. Otherwise there would be the question of why there is such a disconnect between what he does and what are usually considered Christian virtues.
posted by hattifattener at 11:34 PM on November 12, 2004


What the hell is going on here? What's with all the coffins? Why is there a Fox News van? Who's the skeleton dude with the top hat on?

This painter just put the mental in fundamentalism.
posted by dodgygeezer at 1:23 AM on November 13, 2004


Can't tell if the painting is celebratory or critical. Interesting. He certainly knows his stuff- he's got folks carrying signs of Francis Schaeffer, John Nelson Darby and Rousas John Rushdoony, men who helped create the theological clusterfuck that is fundamentalism/evangelicalism.

Note how very few black people are in this march, but yet Alan Keyes is one of them.

And who are in all those coffins?
posted by eustacescrubb at 3:59 AM on November 13, 2004


I love Anne Coulter in leather!
posted by xowie at 4:13 AM on November 13, 2004


cute idea, thanks
posted by matteo at 5:04 AM on November 13, 2004


What the hell is going on here? What's with all the coffins? Why is there a Fox News van? Who's the skeleton dude with the top hat on?

My guesses are that the coffins are those who've died in wars that the current administration has started (to consolidate their power?), the vans represent the role of the news media in perpetuating the viewpoint which gives Bush et. al. their power, and the skeleton represents the death of ‘traditional’ American values.

(just my 0.02UKP)
posted by Singular at 5:23 AM on November 13, 2004


The skeleton shows up in the original, too.
posted by swift at 5:44 AM on November 13, 2004


Meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Dig him up and shake his hand
Appreciate the man - TMBG
posted by tommasz at 6:09 AM on November 13, 2004


how could anyone be confused about whether this is critical or celebratory is beyond me.
posted by glenwood at 7:46 AM on November 13, 2004


The skeleton in the new one is the dead uncle Sam. Go on, guess what it means. ;)
posted by dabitch at 8:00 AM on November 13, 2004


how could anyone be confused about whether this is critical or celebratory is beyond me.

It's hard to see clearly when wearing the MeFi glasses.
posted by Ayn Marx at 8:18 AM on November 13, 2004


The skeleton is zombie Jerry Garcia?
posted by crunchburger at 10:08 AM on November 13, 2004


The religious right's new kingmaker.
posted by homunculus at 12:41 PM on November 13, 2004


This artist has a long way to go to match the terrifying skill and Bush-hating bile of Sue Coe. The link takes you to her drawing of Condoleeza Rice with blood dripping from her nipples, but explore this site, there's plenty more where that came from.
posted by Faze at 2:12 PM on November 13, 2004


Whoopsie doodle! Here's Sue Coe
posted by Faze at 2:13 PM on November 13, 2004


I don't know for sure, but I think that's oil, not blood, coming from Condi. The drawing seems to depict her as the giant maidenhead of the oil tanker that Chevron named in her honor.
posted by jennyb at 2:48 PM on November 13, 2004


Condi is angry!
posted by homunculus at 4:41 PM on November 13, 2004


What's with all the coffins?

I don't know but my hunch is Liberals and Queers?
posted by thedailygrowl at 5:11 PM on November 13, 2004


To me, it looks like some weird Howard Finster - Ralph Steadman hybrid. Even the dog looks like a supply-sider, though it lacks the requisite flag lapel-pin.

Really, this is worth going over with a magnifier. I can make out Wal-Mart and Carlyle Group banners, and other banners reading "Remember 9/11" (under the large crucifix) and "One Nation under God" off to the left. And the multiple pins on Murdoch's lapel, too.

It's an illustrated DSM-IV when you get right down to it.
posted by trondant at 8:00 PM on November 13, 2004


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