Do you ever go shopping in your own house (or your parent’s house, as the case may be)? It’s my new favorite thing to do when I’m home. Er, aside from seeing friends and communing with my family and pets, none of whom I see enough of these days. And while my parents won’t just give up and give me that little table in the family room, they are quite generous when it comes to things they aren’t using or items they wouldn’t miss. So imagine my delight when I found this rad poster that they had squirreled away in the basement, sitting in the original shipping tube for the last thirteen years.
Oooh, edgy. The artist is James Rosenquist. If you don’t know about Rosenquist, he was one of the main players of the Pop Art movement of the 60s and continues to produce work today (at age 77, no less). His background as a billboard painter seems to have informed his frequent use of imagery evocative of mid-century advertising, celebrity, and consumer culture. Oh yeah, and his pieces are enormous— according to Wikipedia, he might hold the record for the largest print in the world, 7 x 35 feet. His paintings are fragmented, layered, colorful, and gorgeous. Just do yourself a favor and run a Google Image search or click some of the links above or go see his paintings at any of these museums (including MOMA, New Yorkers!)– you won’t be sorry.
The poster was produced by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an organization that my dad is involved in. So the poster is a convergence of things for me: an artist I love, a message I admire and believe in, and a symbol of my parents’ character– their strong convictions, hard work ethic, and compulsion to get involved and make change happen. And while the imagery is intense, the message is simple and peaceful:
The frame is that old standby, the RIBBA from IKEA. I had the matte custom-cut a couple of days ago at one of those bazillions of custom framing shops for $30 (cheaper, I might add, than that new Michael’s on the West Side).
And I’m so glad it’s UP. One less f-ing piece of art to endlessly hem and haw over where to hang. Maybe it’ll inspire me to just take the plunge and hang everything else I have lying around.
Thanks Mom and Dad!