Images from exhibition at Provincetown Art Association & Museum, 2015
Show will travel to the Florida Atlantic University in February 2016
Curated by: Bailey Bob Bailey
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 7pm 76 page catalog available
Critchley’s notoriety is fueled internationally by the alternative and mainstream media with one compelling, visionary proposal and idea after another, relentlessly tackling the big issues of our time, always with a baffling sense of humor, seriousness and timing: from global pathogens to plastics and the car culture, from climate change to corporate domination. What is the American Dream? He asks.
Since his election in 2011, Governor Scott has ordered the Department of Environmental Protection, DEP, to refrain from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming.” He says he’s not convinced humans cause climate change. Artist Jay Critchley would like to help the governor out by proposing he use the term, “Mobil Warming.”
“I can appreciate his position but it leaves the public confused. ‘Mobil Warming’ will allow Governor Scott to boldly state his policy towards ExxonMobile, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and other multi-nationals so cozy with the Republican Party,” states the Provincetown, Massachusetts-based artist. The federal government has proposed opening up the south Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling. Continue reading
Jay Critchley, IRS President (International Re-Rooters Society) email@example.com
WASHINGTON, DC. Like a sandstorm paralyzing the city, lawmakers have put a pall over US Congress – and a blanket of sand – and smothered the spirit of Christmas itself.
To mark this occasion, artist Jay Critchley, President of the IRS (International Re-Rooters Society), has sent a postcard of holiday greetings to all US Congressional Representatives and US Senators with an image of the Congressional Building encrusted in sand, with a sand–enshrouded Sand-a Claus looming over the lopsided chambers. “Yes Virginia, there is a Sand-a Claus”? it reads. **
“We’ve squeezed the last bit of joy from the American people – no pain, no gain,” quipped a Congressmen with a satisfied grin – off the record – as he rushed to catch the corporate jet flying him home for the holidays.
A permanent installation, Fish ‘n’ Chips, was installed at the Provincetown Community Center in the early 1980s after a fire renovation. It’s created from fish skins, naturally colored sand and Motorola computer chips (made from silicone/sand). The building is being repurposed so it’s been removed for its next journey. Thanks to the Town Art Commission, Jim Bakker, Acting Town Manager David Gardner, Ginny Binder Associates, Kyle and Nate.
ENOLA EBOLA – Atomic Virus
O Mystical Rose of Eden, Protectress of the Rainforest, in our fear and anguish at environmental ruination and infestation of the Ebola virus, 50 years after the dropping of the atomic bombs by the Enola Gay, we beseech Thee!
We became aware of the Ebola Virus in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bombs by the Enola Gay (1945). The Blessed Virgin Rubber Goddess spoke to us then – and now – as we continue the destructive power of war.
Restore the precious immune system of the earth. Protect us with Thy radiant rubber mantle, that Thou might embrace and touch all creatures with renewed immunity. O Protectress of the Rainforest, console us all, our families and our lovers, with they healing grace. (Concentrate on your desires.) Amen.
Image by Lydia Eccles