Thursday, December 24, 2009

Chimei Hamada Button (A)

Button (A) / etching, aquatint / 32.5×35.5cm / 1988

“Taepodong 2 ready-to-fire”

These kinds of news never cease even after entering 21st century.

This work satirizes the foolishness of this nuclear war era, when a person in power could kill hundreds of thousands of people easily.

An influential person pushes the button that leads to the final “death button.” Although there are some people between the first button and the final button that kills a great number of people, they have no choice but push the buttons ahead of them. There’s no will. The stupidity and emptiness of human being are depicted in this piece.

Pushing the buttons naked, naked but wearing shoes and boots, the figures emphasize the silliness.