|At the art fair on Monday.|
This is the type of person I
hang with now. Not bad for
a boy from rural Australia,
|This woman is from last year. She's so last year.|
It's not an enticing advert for the fish markets. It's a painting. Of fish. Fish who, quite clearly, and by virtue of the fact that they are not in water, are dead.
I said if it was a smallish sized thing which we could hang somewhere appropriate, like the kitchen, then maybe.
But Stef was thinking more lounge room. And this was not just any painting of a selection of creatures departed to fish heaven. It's freakin huge!
|A portrait of the wife as a young woman, next to, and|
worryingly transfixed by, those big dead fish.
|This, from last year, was done by the same|
artist, Li "I Am The Egg Man" Jin Guo.
|And so was this. I like it, because it evoked for me the twin|
factors of eggs and "Dogs Playing Pool".
Yes, but is it art?
|And is this art?|
No, it's just giant boobs.
But what price giant boobs?
|You could hang them sideways and|
they'd still be dead fish.
|I'm not too sure what the artist is trying to|
say here. But I think it's something like
"I am a nutjob".
Or canefield spoon murderer ...
Or his victim?
This last one was the clincher. I was going to insist I loved it, and that if Stef just didn't "get it", or if it was too real for her, it showed conclusively I knew more about art than she did.
|The fish, printed out on plain A4 paper, and blue-tacked|
up in the kitchen, where they are most appropriate. Plus
they cost 30,000 RMB less than the version Stef wanted.
|An out-of-focus photo of some people in a park. We could|
easily have bought it. But then, quoting an oft-said phrase
among art cynics, I thought "I could do that". I know this
to be true, for I have taken many out of focus photos before.
|See it's easy. The pole in the middle illustrates "the yawning|
chasm which can exist between two siblings hatched of the
same womb". It also keeps the camera focused on the
|There's lots happening in this shot. Most importantly,|
there's a bit of Chinese writing, which always looks edgy.
|Then I took this shot, a flight|
of whimsy, if you will.
|It's from my Bubble Wrap Period.|