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Vorsicht! Starker Feuerstrahl!

Oil on Canvas 29.5" x 49"

1994-1996

It is difficult to consider the history of The Third Reich to any degree without some emotion for the breadth and depth of the brutality and injustice which was both emitted by it and by those who destroyed it.

Central to the story is, of course, the Nazi State and the galaxy of organs it employed to manifest its will. The Waffen SS was one of these, serving in theory as a politically reliable military force conceived initially according to the Party's vision for a new warrior. This is a portrait of a Waffen SS officer, Jochen Peiper, facing defeat and rejection by his own people during the final weeks of his war. It is executed using Gothic references to communicate the image of the medieval crusader and fraternity of the martial orders which pervaded the identity the core of the Waffen SS would become infused with, to the point perhaps of competing in the hearts and minds of its most committed members with its original political purposes. A young lion, Jochen Peiper was a prominent figure in the Waffen SS establishment, and would ultimately gain infamy for his service to it. However, as happens when one begins to look at individuals within organizations, just what a man represents to himself can describe a picture wholly different from that to which he belongs. Accounts of Peiper's charater, service, trials and death illustrate how men maintain motives all their own often despite what others may be using them for, and what happens in both victory and defeat when one's human face becomes lost in the portrait of something greater than himself. The implication for individual responsibility is made by the painting's title, taken from the official safety warning stencilled on the rocket launcher in the possession of the wounded man in the lower right hand corner, to prepare for the dangerous backblast of the weapon's projectile. For every action there is reaction. What is unleashed by our choices- particularly our destructive choices, even when we judge them necessary and good, can ultimately harm not only our enemies, but those we care for and ourselves.

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Paintings

The foundation of Joe's work. In painting, Joe discovered the possibilities for visual communication and the greatest historical inspiration. His canvasses are largely earlier works, though he will return from time to time to paint on panels or found surfaces.

Geoffrey's Wild Years Ikarus, No Man Dies Alone Owen Pferd Horse Trinity X Canto- Gunther Prien
Albatros 1918 Still Life with Messerschmitt Sister in Revolution Berlin: Embankment 1945 W. S. Burroughs- American. ...As Promised Selkie
Thomas Bernhard Shared Vision Surf Ta 152 Hitlerjugend A Man of Destiny Everybody Loves Pie!
Edith Vorsicht! Starker Feuerstrahl! Jap Otto and Nico Dog A Story I Heard Once Backsplash
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