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ANTHEM by kevissimo ANTHEM by kevissimo
This piece (and this series) is a massive departure for me in terms of style and approach. But feeling compelled by the dynamics tearing our nation in two, I knew I needed to express them, even though I had no idea what I was doing or where this spontaneously born series would go.

Outside of my studio in downtown Los Angeles, I laid the piece out covering it with the gunpowder. It's an element that one cannot control as can be seen in the video. The second to last burst of fire is the dead center burst between the two impotent shotguns.

Having no idea what to title the piece up until then, I looked at the starbursts covering the sky once the smoke cleared and head the word "Anthem." I then wove the same colors from the works "Ten to Midnight" and "The Nine" for all of the obvious reasons.

Long ago the philosopher Georg Hegel proposed that there is only one "State" expressing itself in two opposing sides to keep people enslaved to that state through constant division.

"...the State 'has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State... for the right of the world spirit is above all special privileges.'

"The Hegelian dialectic is the ridiculous idea that constant conflict and continual merging of opposite ideologies, as established by extreme right or left belief systems, will lead spiritual mankind into final perfection. (Americans understood man's spiritual quests to be outside the realm of government control). Hegel's brilliance rests in his ability to confuse and obfuscate the true motives of the planners, and millions of people world-wide have been trying to make sense of why it doesn't work for over 150 years. But like the definition of insanity, the world keeps trying it over and over expecting different results. ..."

To see the fiery creation

To purchase prints and even the original....…
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
kevissimo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! She went in her own direction....
MD-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Photographer
Now this is ART ! I love this concept
kevissimo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
Markus43 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
There is but only one end to such madness dear Kevin...that momentary power brought into a brilliant perspective.

The video is a must-watch to experience the full interpretive possibilities...thank you for sharing it

"keep people enslaved to that state through constant division".....too many of us in the woods me thinks....when this sort if tyranny of the mind prevails
kevissimo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, brother. Indeed and sadly true....
pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
When the synthesis is a volcano that threatens to kill us all.

Love may trump hate, but it takes Jesus Christ to pull it off.

I was reading and writing in the wee hours of January 1 when Galatians 2:20 forced itself upon me. "Ok, Lord, I guess that's my verse for the year."

The events of the year so far have only reinforced that choice.  It is at once both a statement of fact and and a challenge. Especially now.
kevissimo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Amen, Steve...

Yeah, solid verse always. 
And I have been coming back to Jeremiah 17:5 again and again....
pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Where "cursed" is not a threat but a simple statement of fact.
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February 24
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1/160 second
Focal Length
50 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 10, 2017, 2:12:10 PM
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