I am a Horrible Monster. Kill Me Now… Or Later. 11 x 4 inches. Circa 1995. Paper and glue.
In the mid-1990s I lived in a building near a house occupied by animal rights activists. It was easy to tell which house was theirs for three reasons. First, they had animal rights posters in the windows of their house. Second, they wore animal rights t-shirts as they went into and out of their house. Third and most telling of all, there was a ring of animal rights posters on telephone poles within an afternoon’s walking distance around their house. Draw a ring of where the posters on telephone poles were, find the center of that ring, and that’s where their house was. Almost every other animal knows not to soil it’s own nest.
I am neither a believer in animal rights nor an advocate of animal cruelty. Like art, I know it when I see it. A delicious, fat-marbled contradictory and unsupportable moral stance but that’s where I’m at. What is consistent is my distrust for true believers and bullies, and the bombastic posters of the animal rights house fit that bill. They may have had moral ground to stand on in saying it is wrong to eat or experiment on animals. But they went further, describing those who do as evil, and knowingly evil. They presented carnivores and vivisectionists as, well, as animals.
My reply – agree and amplify. Using an awful images from one of their posters, I made a poster as if I were the imaginary evil scientist they were railing against. This poster isn’t what I believe. This posters is a re-statement of what these animal rights advocates believed about those who were not animal rights advocates. They wanted someone to say terrible things about animals, and I gave them what they wanted. You’re welcome!
My old neighborhood has upscaled since the mid-1990s. You can usually tell what part of town is about ten years away from prosperity by where the anarchists / feminists / animal rights advocates set up shop. Aside from the few dozen of these posters I put out anonymously at the time, it has never been published.