Gouache on paper
7" x 8.5"
Kenny Cole takes his title from U.S. military operations in the mid east. A tangle of smoke and ropes creates a strong suggestion of complexity or confusion. Our overlord here must be connected to the pair of hands, fingertips touching, that intimate an important decision is about to be made. Floating above are a pair of crossed scimitars and a helicopter, mnemonic reminders urging decisive action. Meanwhile a secondary narrative in the form of a bare arm gripping a candy striped pole creates a strong imbalance to the composition suggesting that a deeper compulsion underlies military aggression.