Richard Downs
September 2010
"Fur" Monotype on Paper 12x15"
I was invited by Sacramento artist and animal activist Gale Hart to participate in the group show Living With Fur. This art show hopes to challenge people's assumptions of rabbits and examine our culture's diverse understanding of these creatures, and the various ways we are all Living with Fur. This show will benefit the Friends of Unwanted Rabbits organization dedicated to rescuing rabbits and finding them forever homes.This show is sponsored by Scion and F.U.R. will be at the opening with their newest foster bunny baby, a 6 month old, 12 lb, Flemish Giant!
My Inspiration and Design
"Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harrass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your apppearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you - alas, it is true of almost every one of us!"
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Pierce the Veil
"Piercing the Veil" Monotype 12x15"
This was a feature assignment for Mary Zisk at Strategic Finance Magazine. Strategic Finance is a magazine written for serious accounting professionals. The stories are so fascinating but require an MBA or equivalent to understand, I usually skim for simple and familiar words and go from there. This story was titled, "Piercing the Veil of Limited Liability Enterprises". Here is a synopsis of the story. In a stressed economy creditors are challenged to collect bad debts and may wish to reach the deeper pockets of their customer’s shareholders and owners. Conversely, debtors want to protect the private interest of those shareholders and owners. Corporations, LLCs, and limited partnerships are of course those entities that limit liability exposure to owners but those entities may not provide the bullet-proof protection generally thought as they are subject to “veil piercing” challenges. This article identifies factors that courts use to decide whether an entity’s veil should be pierced.
“Veil Piercing” challenges? All of the stuff we have heard about corporations and their protections come to roost in this concept. Courts have to sue to get to the owners on the inside! Some of the topics discussed were, General Requirements for Piercing Veils, Thin Capitalization, Siphoning Away Corporate Assets by a Dominant Shareholder, Corporation is a Mere Façade for Operations of a Dominant Shareholder and Reverse Piercing Liability and that has to hurt!
Mary requested my Inky Style for the final because she felt that it was veil-like with all of the texture. When I created this Monotype I used a new brand of oil based ink that takes several days to dry. When I first started using this ink I had no idea that the drying time would be so long and out of frustration I actually called the manufacturer and talked to some lab technician who told me, "Heat and air flow will promote the drying time of this product". Now that I have been working with this ink I have found that this slow drying time is a benefit, I can now have a working plate active for 11- 12 hours and I don't have to rush anything, just pick away at the drawing. Thank you, Mary for the fun assignment!
Here is a recent DVD cover illustration for my good friends at Google Website Optimizer is Google's free website testing and optimization tool, capable of running and analyzing both A/B and Multivariate experiments. The tool is used to experiment with new and alternate landing page and website content, and measures the impact of these different versions on site performance. That's a cool tool.
Google Website Optimizer. My first color version was rejected because of some national corporation that uses a target as their identity.
Who Can Stay Here?
It was a pleasure to work for Patrick JB Flynn at Rethinking Schools on this timely and important topic. All of us are trying to understand our immigration policies through disconnected editorials, articles and the rant but after I read this story about grade school children of undocumented parents and the stress and uncertainty that these children must face every day I saw the family side to immigration. This story talked about the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids at schools during times when parents come to pick up their kids. The article concludes that many books about immigration for children have dealt with border crossings but very few addressed issues of documentation and unequal access to citizenship in any meaningful way. These children need to be exposed to intelligent and age specific story telling in a way that they can understand. This will give our educators a thoughtful and compassionate first step in creating dialogue with these children.
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