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Bill Abdale

California
2008
Ink and collage on paper
12 x 9 inches



Led by Charles Manson, the "Manson Family" is the name of a commune that arose in California in the last 1960s. He led several of his followers to commit the notorious Tate-Labiana Murders in which 6 people were murdered. They were convicted and sentenced to death. According to the artist, the story of the Manson family is representative of the fascist potential of human nature. The black ink in the collages suggests blood splatter. The Xeroxed image gives a sense of anonymity even though it is a well-known photograph of the "Manson Family." Combined the elements emit a sentimental yet sinister feeling. As described by the artist, "The title California comes from the idea of a place where natural disaster and Hollywood reside side by side."