At times I think it if wasn’t for the New York Times insert in “Der Standard” I would not only fall prey to the dead stare of my fellow commuters on the U-Bahn, but would miss on all the hot topics that keep us informed, or from this perspective on the eastern side of the Atlantic, forewarned! From the infighting of the “Sisterhood in the office” who sabotage each other’s ascent to power, to the on going saga of the emerging kill joy anti dexterous E-book that make Tuesday afternoons and Laura Sullivan’s not an “easy read” into someone’s weekly schedule. Touch Screen solutions and how they transform societies and keep military bases at an comfortable distance by removing the GPS navigating capabilities from I-phones in Egypt, to Hollywood’s self aggrandizing boast as the table setter for Mr. Obama’s Presidency and some schmuck with bad hair in the Mid-West trying to shake down one of the potential successors for his seat in the senate.
Somehow I can’t help but wonder if this all was “writing on the wall” in some downtown alley way or bus terminal bathroom stall or in the cavernous dwellings of some metropolis’ sewer system. There are several ways to pick up on clues about a civilization and what defines its culture. One is hieroglyphics and the other is the comics or what is affectionately referred to as the “Sunday Funnies”. Paul Mc Dermott’s works come off as confectionary cough drops. They’re easy to swallow regardless of their subject matter. These are mostly photo based collages honey glazed in urethane to accentuate their nature as precious commodity. It’s their exuberant colors and the whimsical quality of his drawing element that gives off an air of joviality amidst the despondent message in the bottle. In a recent email from him, Paul reports… “There is a glum cloud over NY a bit due to the sudden unemployed masses, but at least the bars are full”. Cheers Paul and thanks for giving me work when you had it!