Counter Culture #2 captures the utopic peace that was central to the 1960s counter culture movement.
A take on the Emperor’s New Clothes, married with a visualisation of Jack Herer’s 1985 book entitled, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Counter Culture #2 is based on the Giovani Battista Tiepolo work, The Triumph of Zephyr and Flora.
Lady Justice’s nudity represents the frailty of justice against the law. She is pure and unflawed and represents the thought that justice should always be placed above the law. To quote Thomas Jefferson:
“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”
Deliberately devoid of indicators of time and space, Counter Culture #2, is about justice in its purest forms.
It denotes the teachings of the counter culture movement: that peace is essential.
The olive wreath is replaced by a marijuana wreath in an effort to further invoke harmony, peace, and counter culture.
This piece is part of my Counter Culture series – which marries classic works with themes from the 1960s counter culture movement through transcription.
Limited edition print – 8 of 10 available.
August 1, 2011
May 14, 2012
harmony, peace, transcription, counter culture, Lady Justice, the emperors new clothes, the emperor wears no clothes, the triumph of zehyr and flora, giovani battista tiepolo