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Lesser Of Two Evils
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS
The inspiration for the painting “The Lesser of Two Evils” was the result of hostilities generated at the onset of the Louisiana Gubernatorial Campaign of 1992. Governor –elect Edwin Edwards, a reported gambler with fourteen indictments, opposed arch rival David Duke, a self proclaimed K K Klansman and Nazi sympathizer.
The painting, in abstract from, is my attempt to address the division that permeated the workplace at the height of the campaign. Employees who had been friends for years became alienated from one another as personal opinions contradicted popular beliefs.
My employer, the U.S. Postal Service, was not immune to this atmosphere of discontent. Over night, public service spots by prominent citizens of the arts and finance communities, who otherwise had refrained from polities, appeared condemning racism.
The center of the painting reflects those citizens who, for some reason, were caught in the middle when they held a non-partisan view.
Charles Simms, Artist
May 22nd, 2011
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