Richard Mock 1944 - 2006|
Richard Mock, political cartoonist, painter, sculptor, educator, anarchist died in Brooklyn July 28 from complications due to diabetes at 61. He had an epic vision that he gave to us piece by piece in his linocuts. He freely gave use of these political cartoons to anarchist and worker publications such as the Fifth Estate, Anarchy and U.N.I.T.E. After 1996, and surviving three editors at the NYTs over two decades, Mock's linocuts were picked up primarily by out of country presses in 55 nations via the Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate. He taught 4th and 5th graders in the NYC school system how to find the local and global issues they felt urgent about, and by understanding irony turn them into linocuts. Mock fought school principals who argued you can't present these issues at this age. “Sure you can. They are inheriting this mess we are ignoring.”
Richard Mock lived minimally in his Red Hook, Brooklyn studio with his birds and his press always in motion dominating the room, and his old Dodge pick up heading him out to all ports to teach or share his art works. “Detroit is my Club Med. I like the warmth of the working class. When I drive in here in my old pick up truck, I feel I've hit paradise.” He was the Ways & Means committee on survival: “One of the things that you have to do very early in life if you are going to be an activist, and hopefully everybody realizes that their survival depends on it, is to find what are the malefic forces that are encroaching upon your life and are threatening the planet. It's this very strange abstract amorphous entity called the corporation. ...We are converting a planet from substance to an abstraction. This currency system, globally, is an abstraction. We are destroying a whole planet, the lives for our future generations for an abstraction. That's a disease. And we have to address that.” Richard Mock was generous with his ideas. He wanted us all to take the ball and run with it. And, he was very metaphysical. He knows where he is going.