Old News, Acrylic on canvas 112 x 96 1989
“Propaganda and probabilities are often on the same page.”–G
Images of leaders, rapists, murderous rulers, exposed women, and dead bodies appear in this painting. What all these elements have in common is they are old news. These things no longer shock us. The world has become so harsh that it has dulled our sensitivity. The dominant focus of the painting is in the Tiananmen massacre, with the iconic image of the man in a pool of his own blood. This was the first social commentary piece Giovanni ever created. Filling his canvas with gore, pornography, and violence. Giovanni wraps together a powerful argument about the over-saturation of media, the chaos of horrors we experience now as a modern civilization more interconnected than ever before.