February 18, 2016
Chor Boogie, an artist widely known for his colorful, dynamic style known as Modern Hieroglyphics on canvases and murals around the globe, ventures deeper into the realms of political and conceptual art.

Chor Boogie presents:

In God We Trust.”

U.S. currency $1-100, 3-D replica of a human skull, resin, 24 carat gold tooth.

“I’ve been asking,

‘What does this piece mean to you?’

Thank you for your sincere responses. If you haven’t yet shared your reflections, I’d love to hear from you. Please post your responses on my Facebook or Instagrampages.

Now, I offer you my personal artist’s statement for this new piece, ‘In God We Trust.’

This piece is not intended to disrespect God.

This piece is intended to reveal how governments and the powers that be disrespect God.

Where corruption reigns, pimps, priests, and politicians exploit God to oppress, feed greed, bolster political agendas, reinforce class inequality, and fuel wars.”

– Chor Boogie

Editing and conceptual contributions by E. Bast

Money on the Collective Mind

Money is simply a conduit or medium for energy and intention.

Money is only a means to an end, not an end in and of itself.

If money is the ultimate end, then it will be THE END.

When the primary aim in life is money, the soul has been sold. Such people are dead, whether they are breathing or not.

It’s not money that’s evil. It’s people with polluted minds and hearts that are a menace.

It’s not currency that needs to be wiped out. It’s the exploitative mindset that needs to change.

The Art of the Sale

In our society, salaries can sometimes influence people’s sense of self worth and the monetary price of objects can determine their social value.

It says a lot that school teachers are paid far less than professional athletes. It says a lot that some people will pay over $100,000 for a sense of importance in the form of a designer purse.

It says a lot that the value of an artist’s work can depend on the proliferation of a trend rather than the quality of the work itself. it says a lot that the value of an artist’s work has the potential to sky rocket after his or her death.

In the end, people have the power to determine the value of services, material goods, art, and even human life.

Kill One, Kill All

The status quo of psychopathic corporations is “profit by any means necessary.”

People who poison the planet and poison other people for the sake of profit are ultimately killing themselves, as we are all ultimately connected to the ecosystem and to each other.

The gold tooth on the skull expresses the insatiable greed of people who cling to their wealth even at the expense of life – theirs or others.

Come One, Come All

So how are we going to bring life where there is death?

By changing our minds, changing what’s inside of our skulls, and changing our destructive relationship with money into a socially conscious one.

By giving the skull a voice, the collective voice of the people.

First Exhibition

In God We Trust” will be first exhibited at Mesa College in San Diego on Thursday February 11th, 2016. The opening reception will be 4:30-6:30pm followed by a lecture and public conversation. The show runs through Thursday March 3rd, 2016.

Let’s Collaborate. 

Come and share your interpretations and reflections on a live audio recording at the first exhibition.

Up until the first exhibition, you can write your reflections on Chor’s Facebook and Instagram.

Together, we will bring the skull back to life.

Evolved Exhibitions

In later exhibitions, the skull will speak the voice of the people with the collective audio recording from the first exhibition, and selected comments from social media will be featured on a multi media installation.

Spaces for later exhibitions of the revived skull TBA.

Suggestions for final exhibition spaces are welcome.

Stay tuned

CONNECT with the Divided States of America page and watch for new projects leading up to the 2016 elections.

Gratitude and Respect,
The Chor Boogie Team

PS – The only certainties in life are death and taxes.

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One comment

  1. Amen. Poisonous energy sources, rule by pharmaceuticals, and education by outdated thinking, and poltical power, must be redesignated for the good of human beings everywhere.

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