Taymour Abdulwahab the 29 year old Swedish suicide bomber emigrated to Sweden in the early 90’s and obtained citizenship, however he lived a separate life in England, living mostly with his wife and young children in Luton England. Abdulwahab’s bomb belt exploded prematurely as he was heading to his attack destination, believed to be either a rail station or shopping centre, with a larger bomb in his backpack which did not explode. Luton has a significant Muslim community and was at the center of the July05 London MET suicide bombers operation. Abdulwahab apparently became estranged from his local community and mosque when he expressed radical extremist views and was confronted by the mosque committee.

Inspired by Patrick Lannin and Niklas Pollard at Reuters http://ow.ly/3roYk

Political Arts | Ian Bunn Visual Artist

My digital art work is essentially politics and art. It’s about iconic people, places and events of our day.  Recorded visually through daily compilations of manipulated digital images, posted online and disseminated via online media and social networks. The works are diaristic in nature that metaphorically record a spectator’s experience of the contemporary digital age.  The resulting work intentionally has a painterly aesthetic acknowledging my historical painting practice.

Adapting Pop Art’s notion of mass media imagery into a context of the contemporary digital age, the work draws on a myriad points of reference. Utilizing fractured images to provide an allusion to the digital noise pounding away daily into our sub consciousness.  The work is essentially popular culture arts, diverging from the traditional Pop Art notion of a pronounced repetition of a consumer icon, instead this work focuses on the deluge of contemporary digital content. The compilation of the fragmented imagery is vividly distractive, not unlike cable surfing or a jaunt through Times Square.

This digital photo manipulation art work is premised on the basis that Pop art in its beginnings, freeze-framed what consumers of popular culture experienced into iconic visual abstractions. With the advent of the techno age, visual information circulates in such quantities, so rapidly and exponentially, that to comprehend a fraction of it all becomes a kind of production process in itself.  Hence this work considers fragmented elements of Popular Culture through an artistic and conceptual exploration of specific people and events of the day.