I submitted this piece to the Visual Response to the Gulf Oil Disaster show curated by the Foster Collective at Landslide Gallery in Chicago. (July 23rd through August 13th 2010) The show required artists to create responses to the oil spill on gas station paper towels. I think this was a great idea. The Foster Collective did a fantastic job of covering the event on their blog.
The show now travels to the Flying Monkey Art Center in Huntsville, AL. (Saturday October 16th from 4-6pm at The 2nd Floor Connector Gallery in The Flying Monkey Arts Center. Show runs through November 3rd.)
5.5″ x 13″, Acrylic on wood, 2010
I encountered a grown man talking into a lobster microphone. It was a big red lobster attached to a megaphone. He told me a story about his mother’s talent for portrait painting and awarded a stranger with nice shoes a pot of yellow flowers. She seemed baffled by the gesture. After that I purchased a package of tapioca starch for seventy-five cents at the Asian grocery. The stuff works great for making paper-mâché. After running into the man with the lobster I didn’t feel so strange carrying around a couple puppets in my computer bag.
While driving home, I noticed a sign for the fifty-two million dollar lottery prize. Buying a ticket was tempting, but I only had twenty-five cents left after purchasing the tapioca. When I arrived, I watched MTV Cribs for about five minutes. A man was sitting on an outdoor toilet facing the ocean on a private island in the Bahamas. I turned off the TV and made some campanelle with tomato sauce.