Art’s Visceral Qualities As Metaphorical

I have been thinking that art often uses sensations in a sort of metaphorical way. ie– something looks polished and expensive, and this represents both the item, the subject matter, and the audience for which it’s made. Or, an industrial drone texture sounds rough– and this servers as a metaphor for modern life being rough, for the urban aesthetic having lots of abrasive qualities, for life itself in the city being abrasive at times. To me, there’s no guarantee that art actually creates the visceral effect that it implies. Rather, it suggests an effect, to the senses, and the viewer’s mind interprets this suggestion in various ways.

Perhaps, one might suggest that the degree to which art is successful depends on how evocative it is of the values and ideas wrapped up in it. There are some, though, who would say that art that is too visceral “sells out”, or is cheap.

All of this is, of course, open to discussion.

“The Putin Prints”


Here is a direct link to a pdf of a collection of works I call, “The Putin Prints”:


At some point, during the year 2015, I began to have a strange and persisting intuition about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

I felt that he was going to soon play a larger role in international politics.

That year, I created a musical release called “Sovereign” ( (2015 Treetrunk Records). It was both a tribute to Rapoon’s “Cold War: Drum ‘N’ Bass” (2001 Caciocavallo), and a newer take on Cold War fears, involving predominantly Putin and his actions.

At about the same time, I created a series of prints, combining other images I had crafted with pictures of Putin himself. This document features each of these prints.

In 2016, it was suspected, and has become more and more apparent, that Vladimir Putin played a significant role in a U.S. Presidential election.

Intuitions are often dismissed–I believe that, when a feeling strikes one, one should listen.