Democracy and capitalism have gone through a divorce! Socialism is a free market super power as China becomes the second largest economy in the world. This phenomenon heralds in the new cultural shift of a theoretic new order of “capitalism with oriental values.” Modern Philosophers like Slavoj Zizek and Francis Fukuyama theorize that this authoritarian reorginzation of society is an impending certainty that ameliorate the problems inherent within the capitalist system.
I chose the Chinese Zodiac to represent this shift. In Confuscian principles, as in Platonism, a ruler should lead according to the interests of the ruled. As such the Han Dynasty of the second century B.C. adopted these principles and thus, through a strong authoritarian central beuracracy, required their emperors an army of advisors to teach and instruct him on how best to rule; one of these advisors being a court astrologist.
I will take part in this new zeitgeist by painting the murals of the Zodiac across the globe. As an American painter I play the catalyst of Eastern and Western coming together to intermingle cultural symbology.