John McNaughton - One Nation Under God
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16-05-2012, 12:19 AM
John McNaughton - One Nation Under God
I once spanked that now banned douchebag AntiRepublican for shitting on art and artists, so I have mixed feelings about posting this topic. I think art is integral to humanity as a means to culturally enrich our lives and an outlet to contemplate its existence and meaning. But sometimes it also just mirrors the shallow idiocy and two dimensional ignorance of the individual artist. The latter is the case of Utah painter John McNaughton. The artist describes his work as having multiple levels of meaning, but one viewing of his paintings and you're almost cock whipped by its blatant message that only the drunkest/dumbest/densest among us would miss. Apparently McNaughton's painting One Nation Under God has multiple meanings, which maybe one hallucinates after being bludgeoned unconscious by the idea that Jesus gave America's Framers the Constitution. The artist's website goes even further, explaining every single person in each painting, including Jesus Christ (I guess people couldn't figure out who he was and wrote McNaughton?). Smiling numb nuts Sean Hannity likes McNaughton's One Nation Under Socialism, which features Barack Obama holding a burning Constitution whilst looking at the viewer with a baleful stare. I see the depth here; if McNaughton intended shallowness and simplicity in his work, he would have just titled the painting BARACK OBAMA HOLDS A BURNING CONSTITUTION WHILE LOOKING AT YOU WITH A BALEFUL STARE. You have to wake up pretty darn early to fool him!

http://www.mcnaughtonart.com/artwork/view_zoom/353

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16-05-2012, 09:32 AM
RE: John McNaughton - One Nation Under God
I've seen that before. As a work of art, I think it is a gorgeous piece. As a political or social message, I think it is a piece of shit. Every point that he makes in the picture can be easily argued against. It's important to note that Mr. McNaughton somehow forgot to add portraits of other members of the founding fathers. I believe he did this because he knew that those individuals were anti-church or ant-religion. For instance, Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers, the 3rd president, and the author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote: "The hocus-pocus phantasm of a god like another Cerberus with one body and three heads had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs" (Faircloth, Attack of the Theocrats, p. 32). Funny enough, John Adams graces the picture. He wrote "The United States...the example of governments erected on the simple principle of nature.... Government thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone without a pretense of miracle or mystery...are a great point gained in the favor of the rights of mankind" (Ibid, 35). So if one of the individuals from his picture, who is often called the "most religious president," stated that the US is not based on Christianity, this shows Mr. McNaughton has no idea what he is talking about.

Someone retouched Mr. McNaughton's piece a while back. They replaced Jesus and the humans with the dark god Cthulhu and fish people:

http://www.blameitonthevoices.com/2009/1...hulhu.html
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16-05-2012, 09:36 AM
RE: John McNaughton - One Nation Under God
I don't really like the art myself. I really don't like the message, but that website is fucking pimp.

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