DAVID DEES: THE ART AND POLITICAL SATIRE OF METAMODERNISM
“There is certainly a danger element in toying with the powers that be, in the old days; if the jester made the wrong joke in front of the king he often experienced a grisly fate.”
A PHONE CONVERSATION WITH POLITICAL ARTIST DAVID DEES
By EJ Wickes
Illustrations by David Dees
Google David Dees. His work is all over the internet. He began his career as an artist for the advertising and motion picture industries; after all, having a father who painted, art was a part of his life. Finding his inspiration through the novel idea that a cheeseburger could be illustrated with magic markers for advertising art, David switched from pre-med to commercial illustration and attended the Art Institute of Atlanta to follow his dream. A master in the techniques of illustration; his sharp photo-realism leaves no question as to where he stands on the geopolitical issues that weigh heavily in the world today.
It wasn’t until sometime after 9/11, later in his career that his work took a totally new direction. Feeling betrayed and angered by the results of his own research, David’s passion to spread the truth has resulted in a huge body of work referencing just about every conspiracy theory out there today. With an intelligent blend of artistic skill, satire and visual commentary, David Dees is probably the one of the most influential political artists of the metamodern era. His work can be seen in documentary films, on book covers, digital mags and blogs all over the world.
Taking a solid stance against the world takeover political agenda of Zionism, Dees has been misconstrued as anti-Semitic. David frequently finds himself having to articulate how misunderstood his message becomes to those who refuse to compartmentalize race and religion from politics. Throughout the media, his work is considered “dangerous art” as it tackles and exposes information the controllers would prefer to remain hidden. There is certainly a danger element in toying with the powers that be, in the old days; if the jester made the wrong joke in front of the king he often experienced a grisly fate.
We invite you to follow our presentation and pre-recorded mobile phone conversation and with the artist David Dees, as we talk about his career, what motivates his work and a little bit about cats…
“Has your work ever gotten you into any trouble?”
“Big trouble. In some countries I could actually go to prison for the art I do…you just can’t talk about certain things over there, so I’m glad to be back in America.”
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