Wall Street Panic Becomes Street Art Project
It's been a rough few weeks on the stock market, the ghosts of September 2008 seem to be haunting the Street. Now there's some art to go along with that feeling. Artist Michelle Rogers has created an urban poster project placed on Broad Street beside the New York Stock Exchange entitled "My God, My God...The 3 Stock Traders." The artist will present large poster reproductions of her oil paintings of stock traders "in panic mode" directly at what she terms "the scene of the crime".
Rogers took her inspiration from no less than Venetian master Titian's portraits of figures looking up to the heavens in fear. Rogers' stock traders also appear to be gazing skyward in similar poses but they are looking at screens watching numbers tumble. The art makes a strong statement, "I want the Wall Street guys to know, that they are not the masters of the universe and to accept that they have caused great pain in the world and they need to make it right" - said Rogers on her website. The project was also exhibited during the 53rd edition of the Venice Biennale on the Grand Canal.
Rogers is an Irish artist who has created many powerful paintings including "9-11 Memorial," a tribute to those lost on September 11. Other paintings have explored issues of war and conflict.