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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Currently Hanging

posted by on June 18 at 11:11 AM

Doug Jeck’s Cain and Abel (2000); stoneware, paint, concrete, plastic foliage, wax, hair, and wood; 77 by 20 by 16 inches

At Tacoma Art Museum. (Museum web site here.)

*Is it too much to ask that the penis jokes sure to appear in the comments at least be clever?

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why are his hands so small? it's very distracting.

Posted by tiffany | June 18, 2008 11:15 AM

Well if you look down, I think it is clear why his hands are so small.

Posted by StrangerDanger | June 18, 2008 11:18 AM

holy crap, i was about to comment on his small impish hands.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 18, 2008 11:19 AM

I suppose it's worth noting that the Earth's first murderer was apparently a manscaper. Proof that no good comes from that silly practice.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 18, 2008 11:22 AM

1)uh, Jen, we're not 12. There's a difference between making fun of a dick in a certain context and exposed genitalia on a piece of art. Jeesh.

2)This would make more sense in the Capitol Hill rail station than those stupid jets.

3)StrangerDanger is a size queen. There's nothing wrong with the size of the genitals in question. Seems pretty average, for being in a flaccid state. And, I'm an experienced appraiser.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 18, 2008 11:23 AM

@5, regarding statement 1:


Posted by Karla | June 18, 2008 11:30 AM

Is it Cain? Is it Abel? If it's Cain is it pre murder? Is it Abel because he's standing on foliage? Is it Cain symbolizing the death of Abel by standing on the foliage? Either way pine boughs are a weird choice since Abel was a farmer...maybe he couldn't find plastic wheat.

Posted by thaumaturgistguy | June 18, 2008 11:32 AM

*Damnit...I got my biblical shit mixed up. Cain was the farmer. My bad...

Posted by thaumaturgistguy | June 18, 2008 11:33 AM

@5 (subsection 3) -- Totally agree. And that's actually a really nice pair.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 18, 2008 11:36 AM

Jen - such an apt title for your post! The genitalia are the best formed features of this work - the hands and knock knees are distracting, making the cock and balls the center of this work.

Posted by jackseattle | June 18, 2008 11:37 AM

just because somebody has to:

Currently Hanging...a little to the right.

Posted by jaybee | June 18, 2008 11:37 AM

Cut or uncut? Calimari lovers everywhere need to know.

Posted by Spoogie | June 18, 2008 11:38 AM

There is no relationship whatever between size flaccid and size erect.

Posted by Fnarf | June 18, 2008 11:43 AM

It's not an issue that effects meóI work hereóbut I seriously cannot believe this post hasn't gotten a single "NSFW!!!!!!" comment.

In the past, when Jen's posted any sort of arty female nudity all Hell broke loose.

Are wangs fair game?

Posted by David Schmader | June 18, 2008 11:43 AM

Yes, it is too much to ask.

Even if you seem to have a fondness for very small hands, Jen.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 18, 2008 11:44 AM

@14, Probably because it's not a REAL wang. Just one made out of "stoneware, paint, concrete, plastic foliage, wax, hair, and wood". Wood. *snicker*

Posted by DanFan | June 18, 2008 11:52 AM

the penis is too small to even notice David.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 18, 2008 11:53 AM

i think the penis is fine... i mean i don't really understand why people are calling it small... what do you want, a raging hard on? and its not nsfw because its an artistic sculpture... not porn.

the hands are the real problem here people.

Posted by tiffany | June 18, 2008 11:59 AM

I can only imagine the disappointment of first time "currently hanging" readers when they see the next post in this series.

Posted by also | June 18, 2008 12:00 PM

tiffany, unless that dick as big as a Louisville Slugger, then it is an unsatisfactory small penis.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 18, 2008 12:01 PM

So...which one's Cain, and which one's Abel?

Posted by meggers | June 18, 2008 12:24 PM

Well, it isn't Michelangelo's David, that's for sure.

His head looks like a Neanderthal, his torso is too long (or his arms & legs too short; whatever, the proportions are fucked), he's bow-legged and sporting a paunch. The artist managed to add bed-head hair to his head, but left the rest of him bald as a 9-year-old.

This statue is disturbing, regardless of wang or biblical references.

Posted by SDA in SEA | June 18, 2008 12:51 PM

Maybe it's one of those perspective things where the artist wants you to get really close to the hands to view the entire sculpture. Sort of like "Davids" really big head.

Posted by Vince | June 18, 2008 1:38 PM

There is absolutely no iconography that would indicate that this is the Biblical Cain: As a post-lapsarian he should be clothed, he appears to be circumcised and circumcision was covenated much later, and there is no mark upon his brow. It would seem that he is just a guy named Cain.

Posted by inkweary | June 18, 2008 1:57 PM

I stand corrected, Jen.

Many of us ARE apparently 12 years old...

And isn't Bellevue Ave a heterosexual male? How did he get to be an expert on the wang?

Posted by michael strangeways | June 18, 2008 2:08 PM

i've spent many years in self reflection on them.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 18, 2008 2:48 PM

Doug's sculptures are typically all wrong on purpose--he's made lots of ceramics where each limb or body part is of different scale or obviously from a different figure. Haven't seen this in person yet but I'm thinking he's doing that but without showing as many of the seams (except at the wrists.)

Posted by Eric F | June 18, 2008 4:03 PM

shouldn't you change the title of this post to "currently hung"?

Posted by jameyb | June 18, 2008 4:52 PM

Um, yeah - a prime example of why I never read the slog at work: the surprise post sans the NSFW warning.

Just sayin'...

Posted by nsfwindeed | June 18, 2008 9:06 PM

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