Monday, January 5, 2009

Up to the Hilt

Busy, busy, busy. 

Working on a collage for an art fair in London with Black Rat Press. Will post an image of the piece as soon as it is finished. 

Also reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Uplifting stuff. If you can suggest books that focus on the meatpacking industry I would be glad to get any suggestions.


Perry said...

Hey Elbow-toe, love your blog and your art...The Jungle is one of my favs too...after reading it I read this: Meatpacking Mayhem: The Real Cost of U. S. Beef

Robin said...

If you can find it, "Meat,Modernity and the Rise of Slaughterhouse" is a compilation that's really interesting. I'm sure you've already read it, but "Fast Food Nation" is another good one.

If you want a great book about the fishing industry, check out "Bottomfeeder - How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood" by Taras Grescoe. Some of the descriptions of fish farms will turn your stomach.


irxo. said...

there is a free movie on google video called "earthlings".. it's a animal rights film that encompasses meat processing, fisheries, as well as pet owning. i know alot of animal rights organizations out there come off pretty strong, but this one seems to have some sense to it and has a pretty insightful philosophy to it.

i wouldn't recommend it for everyone.


redmonarda said...

Not the meatpacking industy but similar are two books you may enjoy, may even like better than The Jungle. They are Emile Zola's "The Belly of Paris" and "Germinal." Both books deal with the down trodden and the struggle to survive. The Belly of Paris takes place in 19th century Paris in the long gone Les Halles food market (as an historical document above and beyond the book itself, makes it worth the 300+ pges to read). Germinal's story uses the mining industry as a backdrop. Like "The Jungle," Zola uses realism to convey his stories and he will knock your socks off, if you take to it. No one does it better. Zola creates scenes so rich and vivid, it feels like you are watching a movie instead of reading. They can only be described as panoramic. When his characters are experiencing an emotion you feel it like they do: you wince when there is pain, laugh when there is joy and cry when there is no hope.
By the way your work is expert and such a pleasure to see.