In 2007, after working in a Labor/Environmental think tank for thirty years, Howard Saunders began developing his own art, free from the restraints of bureaucracy. His first endeavor was the creation of a public installation, URmonumental, on Warren Street, the main thoroughfare in Hudson, NY. The installation and the self-published documentation was a commentary/satire inspired by the opening exhibition of Unmonumental at the New Museum on the Bowery.
In 2009, Howard Saunders created AxeMan, an anthropomorphized alter ego. In a, 56” x 48”, he sent AxeMan on a coast-to-coast-to-coast journey that would become the underpinnings of a faux graphic memoir and more. Saunders had some contact with the world of conceptual art in the early 1970s at UCSD in San Diego, but it was cut short when he meandered into the counter culture, the Civil Rights and Anti War movements. That did not stop him from paying close attention to art world developments and trends during his years on the job.
With URmonumental he put on a new set of lenses. With AxeMan, the journey of the visual social critic continues.
His blog, AxeMan Speaks, can be found at http://howardsaunders.org/wp/postin...