wait, I wanna be first: it's kicky! in a suck-ass kinda way.
I'd prefer to hear a 500 word Charles Mudede essay on its meaning.
Wow, it's like a bad illustrator decided to be a sculptor.
OK normally this would be dismissed as too birght, shiny and representational.
There's a U in that shape and an S and like red and white and blue....
we are tempted to be a devilish super power's what I see. Of course any other interpretation is equally 10,000% "valid."]
King Wormy looks PISSED. Beware the Demon King of the Worm nation!
sniff...it reminds me of Mr Poe for some reason.
I MISS HIM SO DAMN MUCH!!
Damn him for leaving us for the bright lights of the big city and enduring fame on Gawker!
gay friendly and michigan don't belong in the same sentence. believe it or not, my home state is famous for having the highest concentration of white supremacists in the country. dan, if you must stay in michigan visit ann arbor. it's full of hippy yuppie yups but it's cute, they have a whole foods and if you get busted smoking the fine is only $50.
Worm? It is clearly the snake from Eden, carrying the apple of original sin. The crown implies that Satan has won control for the world, and is represented most strongly in the parallel evils of the United States and Roy Lichtenstein.
Call Michelle Malkin, the scribbles on the snake's belly seem to say "Death to America" in Arabic.
I remember many summer days way back when on the dunes (and beyond) in Saugatuck and dancing my ass off at the gay dance club (Douglas Dunes, I think?). I am from another Lake Michigan town north of Saugatuck.
Josie is right about the white supremicists concentration there - but, Dan, you should have a good time. Enjoy the beaches!
I wish I was in Saugatuck right now-Oval Beach is just gorgeous. Having lived in the surrounding area, I found people just as varied in their opinions and beliefs as other parts of the country. Dan-the artsy Saugatuck sign replaced one that said "Gentiles only" back in the day(I don't know this for a fact-someone told me this). The Jews went to South Haven. Also, Saugutuck is having its own Sonic-like battle with Aubrey McClendon over his development of a beautiful piece of lakeshore property. He is evil on so many fronts!
@9: The scribbles are his signature.
@all: how the fuck do you not know BRITTO? Too busy being hipster-obsessed with Warhol to notice the other pop artists?
Bonus follow up question: You do know who Keith Haring is, or are you that oblivious?
The only thing worse than a boss on vacation, is a boss trying to remotely control the workers back home while he's on vacation ...
@12, OK, I'll bite -- albeit by cutting and pasting from Still Life With Food:
"The oft-sited description of Britto’s works is his distinctive use of bright color and bold outlines. He is said to be reminiscent of the cubists and inspired by Matisse, and claims to be a member of the Neo-Pop movement. But whereas Picasso and Matisse actually evolved in style and significance to the progression of modern art, Britto seems to be stuck in a hallucinogenic paint-by number nightmare. His paintings are a nauseating rerun of obnoxious color and lack evidence of any real talent. They are without depth, complexity or dynamism. The colors maybe loud, but the subject matter and medium are stale and boring, tired cartoons at best. Lately, Britto has started to produce shiny, ostentatious aluminum sculpture, which Miami is eager to slap on everything from hospitals to shopping centers. Several of which make for distracting eyesores on city highways.
"Comparing Romero Britto’s Sharpie outlined Hello Kitty canvases to Matisse’s modernist flattening and revolutionary use of black line is a joke. Listing him as a successor to Warhol, Lichtenstein and Haring is even more laughable. To manufacture ‘art’ without the slightest bit of irony is certainly absurd. But to continually churn out these sparkly contrived bundles of joy for some of the largest corporations in the world, while simultaneously proclaiming oneself THE Pop Artist of our time, is inherently paradoxical. Pop art is founded on just that—Pop—the popular, mass culture, the imagery behind hooking the masses and feeding them with low-cost, sexy, kitschy gimmicks. Pop art was meant to be an ironic appropriation of the system and its manipulated consumers, not a perpetual bubblegum wrapper posing as meaningful art."
So there ya go. And yeah, I know who Keith Haring was. I danced with him and his boyfriend a couple times at Paradise Garage in NYC back in 1994. Nice guy. And a much more substantive artist.
Lyin' about my age again...
I was about to ask what it's like to dance with a corpse. Haring died in 1990!
Put on your capezio's and come over for a quick two-step fnarf -- I'm sure i'll find out exactly what dancing with a corpse is like.
That's the most plagiaristical thing I've ever read.
That's the most retroactively deceptive thing I've ever read.
I'm sorry, I was busy checking out Zipcar rental rates in Michigan ... what did you say, @18 and @19?
Nice job being pompous. I have a few Harings, and have never heard of this Brillo person, other than as one who scrubs my pots and pans.
Nor would I consider this Brillo person even remotely in the same league as Haring.
Bonus follow up question: You do know how idiotic you've made yourself sound, yes?
This looks like art Fnarf would love. Highly competent finishes, none of that gloppy glazing he despises so.
This guy Britto is huge, just ask him. "A modern day pop culture icon, Romero Britto is one of the premiere artists of our time," says his website. "His original artwork, dubbed the art of healing..." etc. I got a glossy packet in the mail some weeks ago. He did the costumes for the preshow for a Super Bowl, or something. Most pictures of his work had him posed with it, which is the sign of a great artist.
Josie's right about Ann Arbor. The art fair starts tomorrow, which is worth seeing if you don't actually live here. (It's sort of a pain if you do live here, but whatever.)
I'd recommend Royal Oak or Ferndale myself. Not a whole lot to do, but they're generally nice cities.
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