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Joe's Politicians
     

Joe's Politicians

by Joe Mendelson
 

Among many things, Mendelson Joe is a political activist. And he’s a painter. So it was inevitable that he would express his activism through a series of portraits of politicians. Here we have George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Clinton Henry Kissinger,, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney, Stephen Harper, Stockwell Day,

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Among many things, Mendelson Joe is a political activist. And he’s a painter. So it was inevitable that he would express his activism through a series of portraits of politicians. Here we have George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Clinton Henry Kissinger,, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney, Stephen Harper, Stockwell Day, Preston Manning, Mike Harris, Ernie Eves, and others. As Mendelson Joe describes, these portraits embody mostly figments of his imagination. All but three subjects came from impressions synthesized from observing these glib charmers during their numerous appearances on television. The three exceptions (Barbara Hall, Carolyn Parrish, and Richard Thomas) all sat for him at his request. The portraits are not editorial cartoons; they’re expressions like Edvard Munch’s “Scream.” His disdain for most of his subjects is far from hidden and yet occasionally, if you look closely, one can spot a glimmer of hope that the subject might have a heart. These politicians are shaping our future. As such, they require our scrutiny and commentary. Only if we stay engaged, as Mendelson Joe makes clear, can our democratic system work.

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Ottawa Xpress
You can certainly judge this book by its vibrant cover: an unmistakable Jean Chr‚tien portrait that Joe paints as a talking rear end (out of the side of the, er, mouth). It's funny, shocking and vulgar, but has a charming innocence about it.
Ottawa XPress
You can certainly judge this book by its vibrant cover It's funny, shocking and vulgar . . . but has a charming innocence about it.
From the Publisher

"You can certainly judge this book by its vibrant cover. It's funny, shocking and vulgar . . . but has a charming innocence about it."  —Ottawa XPress

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554904136
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author


Mendelson Joe’s career began with Mendelson McKenna Mainline, and then took a painterly turn. Known today as a musician, artist, anti-smoker, and ecological gadfly, Joe continues to surprise with his political attitude and outspoken opinions.

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