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While once engaged by the television set and other forms of the mass media, Nathan Janes began to notice that the reality that he was being sold was not his own. In a society saturated with meaningless advertising art with no substance Janes became inspired to create works that would both inspire individual thought and awaken ones social conscious. According to Janes, "It's time people quit living a life of constant entertainment and start engaging in critical thought while questioning the barrage of commercial images and propaganda that they are faced with each day."
Janes strives to combat the popular perception that fine art can only be in certain styles or of certain subjects. According to Janes, "Now more than ever I am striving to push my work so that the family pet is used as an artistic tool to depict deeper questions and messages about our society. Everyone can relate to the family dog but not everyone has a cognizance of the social issues that I depict in my paintings. The dogs serve as a bridge for individuals to journey into topics and questions that they may have never explored before but certainly affect their lives nonetheless."
Janes is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design and resides in northern Ohio with his wife, son, and two dogs.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, September 7, 2009 We are Living in an Artificially Induced State of Consciousness
more and more people are choosing the fantasy world of TV over engaging with others in real communication and experiences. Where people once wanted to explore the wonders of the world and nature, now many explore the world outside their homes only through what they view on television. Once a vast majority is living the same reality through television, then they are more predictable and easily managed.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 27, 2010 "The Official 9/11 Story...Accept Without Question"
Janes explores a number of facts related to the events surrounding September 11, 2001 that remain under-reported by the mass media. The artist hopes that these works will encourage individuals to ask questions and seek answers, especially about matters so strongly affecting freedoms. Also available through the artist's website, are an audio version of the article and links for additional informational on the subject.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 17, 2011 Obama's Change: More Tyranny and Oppression
Activist artist Nathan Janes has released his newest work titled, "Obama's Change." The painting depicts the Presidential pet "Bo Obama" dressed in the military uniform of past dictators, symbolizing the United States' slide from a republic to an oligarchy where Americans' freedoms have been sacrificed in the name of national security.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 24, 2010 "It Fell in Silence: The Collapse of World Trade Center 7"
Looking beyond the limited information provided by the mass media, activist artist, Nathan Janes explores a number of questions related to the collapse of WTC 7 in his newest work. Janes' painting titled, "WTC 7," is the second in a series of paintings about 9/11, which have been completed in concert with both a written and recorded piece by the artist on the topic.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 1, 2010 "Eternal Vigilance"
"Eternal Vigilance" is the title of artist activist Nathan Janes' latest work symbolizing the overthrowing of the Establishment by the people. In an article written to accompany the painting, Janes explores how Americans have adapted to incremental changes over the last several years amounting to huge threats towards civil liberties, quality of life, and independent thought.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 4, 2011 Unplug the Signal 2011 Project: Engagement of Signal Disruptors
You are needed to spread awareness; to challenge others to think outside the box. The establishment media is increasingly manipulating the perception of current events and exploiting tragedies for the benefit of big government and multinational corporations. It is time to share the Unplug the Signal campaign on a mass scale.