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In 2008, I had bought in to the ‘Hope and Change’ Obama campaign full on. The ejection of Bush and Dick from the white house, with a well-spoken intellectual replacement that had overcome colorful odds, seemed to hold promise for a brighter future. 4 years into the Obama presidency, it didn’t feel like we had gotten the hope and change we were hoping for. We had been duped — again. This was the beginning of my realization that the left and right political spectrum are one and the same beast — SAMO! All are puppets, bought out and blackmailed by the real power structure that prefers to stay in the shadows, and out of the light.
We had been duped. This was the beginning of my realization that the left and right political spectrum are one and the same beast — SAMO! All are puppets, bought out and blackmailed by the real power structure that prefers to stay in the shadows, and out of the light.
I had also been re-reading Animal Farm by George Orwell, and perhaps that is somewhat evident if you are familiar with this wonderful book. Animal Farm parodies the Russian Revolution of 1917, into the Stalinist era of the soviet union with a story about the takeover of Jones’ farm by pigs with an appetite for power. The pigs go about creating a new order of farm rules, among them, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”
The original artwork paints the symbols of the left and right of the American political system in the same color, with a well-funded pig flying above, and the trickle-down of his money pulling the puppet strings of the left and right.
I owe a nod to Tim Hill, whose pink porcelain pig sculptures graced the former Camarillo creative-hub that was Element Coffee, for so many years. Between reading Orwell, and the daily presence of pig sculptures adorned with military grade wings in my headspace — I knew the universe was prodding me to extend the story Orwell began with his timeless ‘Animal Farm’. "SAMO" is also a continuation of a theme explored by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, a pioneer in the Neo-Expressionist movement in New York during the 80's. Basquiat's raw and vibrant artistic work has inspired almost every artist I know, and given his short life of 27 years, it felt to me there was unfinished business with SAMO©, which he signed on much of his work.
My original SAMO© artwork remained tucked away in my private archives for 7 years. When I learned of a CSUCI Alumni art show taking place in the summer of 2018, I determined it was high time to get this work framed, and start exhibiting it. The message felt as relevant as ever.
Now 2021, 10 years later, we are watching the collapse of public belief in our hijacked government, banking, pharmaceutical, and agricultural institutions. They've been infiltrated by the enemy for a long time, but finally, more and more people are seeing it.
SAMO is an all-encompassing container label for all corporations, institutions, and and undifferentiated 'consensus' behaviors that have supported a parasitic, transhumanist agenda that has done everything possible to annihilate freedom and the sovereign individual. It is a collectivist brand to remember the dissolving 3D Matrix by.
Enjoy SAMO-SAMO... just what the corporate overlords want you to do. But doesn't draining the swamp seem like so much more fun?
The 2011 SAMO painting — a moment of inspiration to paint in all red, now packaged into an NFT