Hi. I’m going to use this tumblr thing of mine to talk a little bit about a painting I made for the CashCat.biz show that opens tonight. I’d like to use this space a little more to write about art and art-like things. I’m announcing this because there are a lot of you follower people (53,000+) and I think you mostly come for the pictures or are zombie bots. In that case you have already ignored this post because of the many words. I miss you but I understand. This is going to be a pretty casual tone. You can unbutton your collar or loosen your corset if you’d like.
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This painting is a cartoon portrait of an Objectivist cat. He’s rich and proud. He’s a rugged individualist- a cat of genius, a captain of industry. I’m offering a direct and laughable explanation as to why this cat has a pile of cash. It’s a schlocky painting in the vein of Cassius Coolidge’s ‘Dog’s Playing Poker.’ Anthropomorphism as absurdist satire.
It’s not a great painting or even a good one. As I’m making it, I’m trying to ‘paint well.’ This is similar to a schoolboy trying to really nail his arithmetic. It’s proper and polite painting that irritates everyone except elementary school teachers. Certain kids also think this kind of painting is cool. They are the introverts and weirdos who have favorite Roald Dahl stories. I am one of those kids (The BFG or Danny, Champion of the World) and I am trying to imagine myself as the court painter to a very privileged cat. It’s an important job I keep telling myself. This is a very important cat.
Honored to have Mr. Nic Rad be part of tonight’s Cashcats.biz Art Partie. ‘Catlas Shrugged’ is truly our generation’s ‘Last Supper’. Or our generation’s ‘Dogs Playing Poker’.