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Dehydration | steampunk fantastic alternative reality neo-surrealism
DehydrationWe’ve been told that the world is about to come to its end because of global warming. Temperatures are soaring, they say, ice is melting, glaciers are retreating, sea levels are rising, and we’re all going to either fry or drown. Global terrorism seems petty in the light of the imminent disaster. Science is adamant there’s no doubt. Any global warming scepticism is not only frowned upon but taken as a sure sign of insanity. Every developed nation is demoralized by carefully measuring its carbon footprint and blaming the Big Brother for all the sins imaginable. Schools are communicating the idea of a global warming as an absolute truth, so our children are pulled into this race from the very onset of their educational escapade. Global warming has become a synonym of a global warning. The earth should be put to a hold, really, because rotation has lost its moral value.
Is it the latest fad to take everything mass media declares at face value? I would think that we should know better than that. And I have a suggestion to make: let us take all existing hoaxes – global warning, oops, warming being one of them – and start prioritizing them. It is a matter of personal choice, really, what type of apocalypse to be expecting. Submarine mines as desert roses and long-legged steam-ships might appeal to sticklers for global warming. But, with all honesty, I choose new ice age instead!
All that George Grie observes in life, what he interested in, he translates into his graphics and paintings. He combines images and events in his logic, experimenting with reality. He uses the elements to create his own reality and new ideas in a more exaggerated manner, draws from the daily life the accumulated big and small problems, relieving the subconscious tension of society. The painting "Dehydration" is reminiscence of the famous surrealist paintings of Salvador Dali - "Elephants" and "Temptation of Saint Anthony." Both are a perfect example of Dali's fantasy, surrealistic plot and imagination. In Grie’s work there is only an echo of the "thin-legged" characters. It is a neo-realistic trend, an application for a new approach to seeing real things in an unreal combination.
In this case, despite all its unreality, the metal engineering structures that carry ships through the air can actually exist. Already, the almost disappeared Aral Sea exists. The ships also look quite real, built in the 70-80s of the 20th century. But they are walking on sand; this is a battlefield, even more precise - the desert of battle. The battle is on "full speed", the course of which depends very much on the reliability and ability to move very mysterious mechanisms with belt transmission. The main objects in the picture are endowed with fantastic romance; alternative reality is implicated in the technologies of the past and elements of fiction. This combination is reminiscent of a surrealistic trend - steampunk or to clarify – diesel-punk. Steampunk stylistics is an imagery of old cars, ships, dirigibles, steam engines, steam locomotives, robots, and turbines. Stylized mechanisms made of riveted metal, tubes, levers, instruments, and dials.
Look at our world or the world of the past from a different angle, let some of the technologies move forward in advance, dragging behind the backward infrastructure, and you will see the steampunk world. In which it becomes clear: do not wait for a gloomy apocalyptic future ... It's already here. Mines swim in the sand waves, smoke from exploding shells, a beacon lighthouse and ships envelops. With a terrible metallic grinding, wheel spinning, heavy ships move on the mechanical legs. If it were not for three figures on the bow of the ship, it could give the impression that the war is going on among them. But one stroke of the hand in the direction of the enemy and it becomes clear-there is a real battle, the enemy ships are already visible and no doubt, they are also on wheels. The author emphasizes the greatness of the ships and the monumentality of what is happening. However, this is the artist’s irony. His has a sceptical attitude to the theme of the drying planet. Drying out due to Global Warming is not possible. Quite the contrary, the melting ice would be flooding the continents.
George Grie, October 2004
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2010 June. "Dehydration , The Sand Castle, The Flying Dutchman, " works published in, "Science Geeks" magazine, South Korea.
Software media: Adobe Photoshop ®, Adobe Illustrator ®, Autodesk 3ds Max ®, Photo Stock,
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