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.