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ANTAGONY by RSConnett ANTAGONY by RSConnett
Acrylic on canvas (two canvases, 24" x 24") Painting size total; 24" high X 48" wide

‘ANTAGONY’ is a painting which illustrates a vision for the future. It’s a painting of antagonism, disaffection and hostility. It illustrates the possible effects of world population, in conjunction with technical evolution. For the future, I can imagine death on an unparalleled scale. The painting does not show death or killing, but I’ve tried to paint harbingers of this possibility. Enslavement is a by-product of the devaluation of life. I paint that into the painting, along with addiction, sickness, symbols of war, insanity and people watching too much TV.

I see a possibility that the world is headed for a “have and have not” hierarchy. The middle class may disappear. This leaves only the ones on top, and at the bottom. At some point, people will either have abundance, or they will be lacking.

In this painting, the men on top merging with the machines, depict how the “haves” enjoy the remaining fruits of the Earth. The ‘haves’ cheat death by utilizing technology. They (the haves) self evolve into a new human form. They reinvent themselves. Pretty much like the predictions of Ray Kurzweil, only not quite as scrupulously.

Privacy will become obsolete. There are eyes everywhere in my painting. These are the remote eyes of the controllers who track all that we do.The great herds of people that will come can be controlled only with constant vigilance. I can conceive that soon, every movement we make will be digitally recorded. This is already happening. Our DNA will be recorded. Anyone can be easily located using GPS. We will have no escape from the government, no privacy as we now take for granted.

The population of Earth will be near a critical mass by the time we reach the so called “Singularity”. At some point in technological evolution, humanity will be able to achieve rapid self evolution. However, I don’t think everyone will be able to take advantage of it. Unfortunately, the grim outcome for the billions of “have-nots” will be out of any control. I see an interesting future on the horizon, (like the old Chinese curse) The one thing that’s most difficult to imagine is how humanity can survive much longer as we are.
~ R.S. Connett, 10/2010



" in this piece, you represent what I believe is happening to mankind. We see a society that compromises with integrity, that shuns its weakest and most vulnerable. The sturdy, but tiny third Reich bug, scurrying amidst the screaming voices, needing, pleading to be heard, wanting JUST ONE MORE CHANCE, alongside the cries for justice, alongside the face of restless and irritable, all crushing us as we walk off the cliff. Built high on the backs of our weakest and most vulnerable..." ~ P. Collins, 7/2010

"As long as survival is in question on an individual level, the luxury of saving our species as a whole is probably impossible." ~ R.S.C. 7/2010
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Rebella25 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  New Deviant
& this one too :)
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Space0ctopus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of a lot of your older work. I really love that about it. I also love everything else about it, too.
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TERRATWIST Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Great vision…great work….
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TsunamoriNanashi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those little guys with the black eyes always are at the worst end of everything, poor things.
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Psychosityc Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
and dats where/why religion comes in...

to fix "it"....
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FractalCrackhead Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
genius, thank you for the description as well, very erudite
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JuFro743 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
CRAZY.
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joejimmy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Masterpiece!! :meditation:

This is the new Guernica? The new century pre-war Guernica?

You're great :worship:
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stardust30 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
this piece is amazing
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NeUrOmOtOr123 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
SICK!!!
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lobrau Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
it's definitely you. holy crap. it's like black tar only ten million times more awesome. i didn't think you could outdo that one. you're so incredible man. i don't have enough favs to give you. you're always going to be my #1 favorite artist of all time. ever since i was 13 you've been my favorite, wow's it been abotu 13 years now too.
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Space0ctopus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you posted this comment almost 3 years ago, but I found it awesome that you found his art when you were young, too. I found the Vomitus Maximus museum when I was about 10 or 11 online & fell in love instantly & he's been my favorite artist since then. It's been 13 years, too.  Anyone who likes his art is rad in my book, but especially if they even liked it when they were young. :P
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
13 years!

I just read some of your posts. (I don't get to read these posts as much as I would like to) I must say, I'm very honored! I like what you said about this being "X" times more awesome than "Black Tar" (I assume you mean "BLACK HEROIN") Because I lost 10 years after that painting ... For various reasons, (burned house, drug addiction) i did not paint for ten years after I painted that! So, your words are like a wish fulfilled! I have finally come back and exceeded that piece (done in 1994) I hope that eventually, I will do many more that will equal or exceed this work.

Thank you ... I will strive to earn your continued fanship.

Best ~ RS
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vodka-oblongata Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is jaw droppingly amazing...:heart:
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DraskyVanderhoff Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The most symbolic element for me was the one that you don't explain , the have-not don't have arms ... they are totally doomed.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice little details and a great concept behind this. I love the philosophical aspect of this painting a lot. Impressive work.
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Bluesilver84 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would love to have you join my group #DA-Art-Gallery
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TheDaveL Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's quite an achievement.
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friedinsanity Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Utterly superb painting. How is it possible to fit so much detail into a 24" by 48" space? Tremendous! :D
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Mind-blowing, as usual my friend!
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cogwun Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Epic!
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jeremys-art Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I sure hope that this can change. Something completely profound needs to happen before we change our ways it seems.
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happymouse666 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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JOSIPCSOOR Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Gorgeous work :)
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agre76 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your art is amazing.true and beautifull:)
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Krullish Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally funking brilliant man.
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jadedRoach Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
i like evil screaming spider baby on the tower best of all!
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berthjan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
your skills are amazing! There is so much detaill, you can watch forever. I appreciate the raw twist and concepts in your paintings. Def + watch
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Jedigeek93 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
I like that last quote, both really
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MrLune Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Sick art ! WOW !
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Great job with this.
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Mi5anthr0pe Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Amazing and frightening
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DrAlexTGizmotiki Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
This is ART!! Very nice, well done, intriguing. Thx
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ViperGTSkank Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
I have got to say, out of any art I have ever seen in my LIFE, yours by far, takes the cake in the fact that a) it gives me chills and envokes CRAZY emotions every time I see it and b) I can stare at it for hours and I just keep finding more and more things in each peace that I hadn't noticed before.
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! That's a great comment! It's what I hope for from a viewer of my work. I'm very glad you enjoy the painting. :D
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SaraFE Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
I can't even begin to understand your enormous patience - 707 hours?! And the fact that you kept track is almost as impressive. ;) Anyhow: it is an amazing piece of art, exquisite detail work, great composition and concept. Well done, very well done.
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
MANY thanks! I always keep a stop watch while I work. Those are real-time "brush in hand" hours. I like to know. This one is a new record in terms of time. That is both good, and not good. Your comment is greatly appreciated! :D
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SaraFE Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
A stop watch is a really good idea, I think I'll try to copy you on that in the future. :D
Hehe, are you dreading that you might break that record in the future?
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
looking forward to breaking the record actually! :D
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SaraFE Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010   Traditional Artist
Haha, good luck! :D
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blisterine66 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
excellent
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Redefined6 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
those details... , if only more people would make such interesting art, the expressions of the faces, the designs of those creatures, that obscure city in the background (if its a city), I can almost see the war in motion and the enslaved weak's moan, you have no idea what pleasure I feel looking at this (and all your other work). In this growing world, the civilian gets stupefy'd and so the art suffers in meaning and originality, but you my friend seem to be immune.
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I believe that a painting should engage the viewer. I like nothing more than to have a person stare into my work for a long while, exploring and discovering. It's my ambition to create as many such paintings in my life as I possibly can.

Thank you! :D
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larkin-art Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
hot damn- this is incredible! :jawdrop:
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Larkin! ... It means a lot coming from a person with such talent! :D
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Quaddles-Roost Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning. Just stunning
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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