The Many Facets Of Freedom Concepts In Art

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The concept of freedom is one openly displayed in many of the famous artworks in history; it also seeps through into the less famous. This concept, though apparently straightforward, is a broad topic encompassing many views and aspects. IN the chosen artworks, "freedom" is developed as equality and trust, in an economic sense, a governmental sense and a basic human-rights sense. Not all artists take the dominant approach either - freedom is as personal as it is universal.The artwork, "Lenin in Red Dawn" by Boris Vladimirski, is a powerful comment on Socialist Russia. Lenin, one of the main figureheads of the communist movement - some even call him the "Father of Communism" - is standing before a red dawn, as is stated by the work's title. Rather than use obvious methods of anti-political art, Vladimirski's oil on cardboard work utilises two major techniques to pass on his message.The first technique used, the foremost of the two, is that of the red dawn behind Lenin. As well as being the colour of the Communist Party in socialist Russia, red is also a colour that is deeply interconnected with human moods and symbolism.Red is symbolic of passion, power and desire, also, too much red can be associated with anger; hence the saying: "seeing red". Thus, the backdrop of red over the foregrounded image of Lenin can take on many meanings. A passionate man, addressing the proletariat of the time, it may be taken to mean Lenin was a man of fervour for his cause. While the aforementioned is true, the dominant view taken in this work, however, is that of red symbolising power.The second, and less obvious, technique is that of gesture. Lenin himself stands in a powerful pose, the wind sweeping his clothes back. Standing in opposition to the forces of the wind is yet another display of authority. Also, his hands buried deep into his pockets shows a resoluteness and stubbornness that is generally attributive to a leader.Communism is, by a great majority, taken to be the cause of Russia's collapse as a world authority and economically powerful nation. This, nevertheless, is not the view of this artist. Having had works displayed in anti-imperialist exhibitions, it is no great wonder that this artist would wholeheartedly accept the views of Lenin - having lived at the time. Even now, in fact, it is a wide-held opinion that Communism would have worked (and, perhaps, could in future). The message of Vladimirski is indeed anti-political, however, not in a mainstream sense. This artwork rejects imperialism, singing the praises and freedoms of socialism, a governmental institution under which - in theory - all earn the same amount of money and everyone owns everything, leading to an ultimate equality.The second piece, Matt Moore's "Bush the Puppet", is yet another political artwork, this time, from America. Great controversy surrounds the current president, George W. Bush, and Moore's work plays off of this.Depicting George W. Bush as a puppet standing behind a...

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