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Step 2: Pliers

Tools as ideas. Tools as destruction. The perfect tool for the job. Ah, whatever, throw a wrench in it.

Ryder discusses some of his recent paintings of pliers and snips, and all these dangerous, specialized tools as a simplistic metaphor for how we access and handle the world.

Tools are force multipliers, and when force is applied for personal reasons to an ideology (be it free-market economics or a notion of justice) it can be destructive to more than the individual, just like using a hammer because you don’t know what to say.


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