CHICAGO, IL – Artist Tom Torluemke will be opening his exhibit titled, Symptoms featuring 36 satirical socio-political drawings and a site-specific installation piece examining societal ills and politics, Friday, August 26, 2016 at Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL, from
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The exhibition coincides with the release of Torluemke’s Limited Edition book SYMPTOMS: Satirical Drawings by Tom Torluemke. The 200-page, softbound book includes 90 images from the artist’s blog, Torluemke’s Daily Punch: a series of 215 drawings of daily impressions and ideas about our society and politics made into simple and powerful statements using acrylic paint marker on paper.
Excerpts from the book’s foreword by David Detmer:
“Torluemke’s series, stands as one of the most comprehensive indictments of political injustice ever executed in a visual medium. The range of topics addressed is extraordinary,
encompassing environmentalism, war, political corruption, class warfare, the media, the courts and the criminal justice system, poverty, and the banks, among other topics.
Despite this diversity of subjects, Torluemke’s series achieves a high level of coherence by identifying a small number of interlocking fundamental issues underlying all of them: corporate greed, the prioritizing of profit over people and principle, the contempt that “the masters of mankind” have for the workers and the poor, and the indifference that the former group exhibits toward the suffering of the latter.”
“His work eloquently records a sense of outrage. It stands as an act of vengeance, a powerful protest against the many crimes of the contemporary corporate class in America.”
The book is being published/produced in collaboration with Public Media Institute, with the foreword by David J. Detmer and an essay by Kevin Blake.