William Allen

Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments, 1998
A suite of ten etchings, 9.5" x 12.5", lift ground aquatint on colored flats. Printed on Rives BFK in a signed and numbered edition of 21.

Ten Commandments picks up where Moses left off (with all due respect): these are sayings animated by active verbs (these acts are already happening) to suggest the here and now. Rather than moral imperatives, they speak to the world we live in where things are are, rather than should be. And concrete rather than abstract, these haiku-like invectives want to entertain and amuse as well as educate. It’s politics of the personal in the onomotopaeia.