Ford Model T's

Thought I would post these here in my main blog as they are a few of my more conceptual ACEO pieces. As I have mentioned in previous posts on my other blogs.., though tiny, these pieces were conceived on an old theme of my work that I began some 10 years ago, but which seems more clearly prescient now than ever... That was the exploration of time and man as a robotized tool in the beginning of the industrialized era (and now). 

'Social Mobility' ACEO
W&N Oil on Prepared Raw Linen Canvas Mounted on Wood
Size: 2.5 In x 3.5 In
Reference from a photo of a Black Ford Model T

Henry Ford who was very much one of the pioneers of mass production and the assembly line in the making of his first car the Model T, revolutionized the manufacturing system of the time. Technology was incorporated as a tool to improve the social mobility of his labor force (besides lowering production costs etc..) and his 'Fordism' aspirations took in to account (basically) the well-being of society as a whole..
 p.s. This is at least what I had learnt from earlier research, however I have just recently discovered a little more on how he managed his workforce and about his somewhat anti Semitic leanings.. It was true that he paid extremely good wages for the time, which is why the jobs he provided were highly sought after, despite the fact he demanded a very high degree of discipline, even after work hours, from his men. He also used covert & overt tactics to quell dissent within his workforce however including spying and rather heavy handed dealings to stifle any efforts at forming labour unions.. He would have loved the complete mechanization of his workforce, I'm sure.

'Ford Model T ACEO'
Oil & Retouch Varnish over a Watercolour Underpainting & Textured Plasterboard
Size: 2.5 Inches x 3.5 Inches
Reference for this painting was taken from my own original photos of a Ford Model T at a Malaysian Formula 1 Classic Car Showcase

Now the exploration of what this means to us now in this age of advanced technology where mechanization is ever more taking over the role of humans (like it or not) and where that leaves us as a society is one that many are still grappling with.. It will be nothing short of culture shifting and hopefully we will make the transition smoothly if we take a page from Henry Ford, with a more global, sustainable outlook.. 'The Zeitgeist Movement' has a prescient train of thought on this...

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