Friday, March 4, 2011
And it's a fantastic tool for keeping people "informed"! Think about it - TV news uses fear all the time (Is your child in grave danger? Find out at 11!)! And before TV, it was radio and newspapers (Newspapers simply don't have the room anymore, and radio is only a news outlet if you lean WAY right, usually). If you search those scary corners of the Interwebs, you'll find some really frightening things - conspiracy theories, end times predictions, terrorist threats (real or imagined), etc.
The collection of stuff I have today is from the mid-Sixties, when the fear of nuclear holocaust was very real. It was the early-middle of the Cold War, and the Russians were the enemy (funny how our enemies have changed over the years, isn't it? Doesn't it seem odd that we once were at war with Germany and Japan?). These CD (Civil Defense) items are a reminder of how fearful the whole country was that the Reds could push that button any minute.
I remember seeing that CD logo as a kid - our elementary school was a fallout shelter. There was something so menacing about that logo - did any of you reading this feel the same? Something about its angularity or sharpness, I guess - it scared me, but I couldn't stop looking at it.
My artwork is usually tinged with humor, or it's just plain abstract, so there aren't many examples of "fear" in my work. The lima beans one is my own personal fear. :D