Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Odd Art: I Don't Want To Know What He's Doing With the Monkey

Yes, it's time for another post on very odd art.

This incredibly powerful gilt ceramic masterpiece depicts Michael Jackson and his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. The artist (Jeff Koons) originally considered adding LaToya and the Elephant Man as well, but he unfortunately ran out of gold paint.

Note the incredible realism of Michael and Bubbles as they share a glistening fantasy world that only they can see. Admire the charming smiles and creamy complexions that seem to symbolize a virginal and idealized childhood. Notice the perky little nose on Michael, a delicate form that only a master sculptor or plastic surgeon could ever hope to emulate.

This iconic piece can truly be said to represent the absolute pinnacle of postmodern pop culture music, the exotic fashions, the great big whopping gobs of cash, the incredible taste, the surgery, and the amazing overuse of makeup and hair products. Truly, no other sculpture has ever captured the essence of whatever this is capturing. It's something.

I am humbled.

And also blinded.

26 Comments:

Anonymous tim said...

that's... creepy.

11:55 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Have you seen the pieces Jeff Koons did we he married Cicciolina - the Italian Porn Politician.

They are, well, something.

12:36 AM  
Blogger Morgan said...

Yay, I get to comment on one of these!!!(Pardon my excitement)

Yes, Martha is right, those romantic Koons (one sculpture in particular) are quite something. So is the sculpture of the two kitchy children and angels with a pig, with one of the boys seemingly 'doing' the pig from behind. You could do a series of these "odd art" posts on Jeff Koons, and I'd agree wholeheartedly.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Jim Bliss said...

That has rendered me almost speechless. It's proof-positive that we live in the End Times.

I guarantee they were hawking the ancient equivalent of that thing on the street-corners of Rome just before the fall.

8:05 AM  
Blogger NPR Junky said...

Oh, how freakily bizarre. Why Mr. Jackson inspires others to create such works of weirdness, I'll just never know.

2:14 PM  
Blogger glomgold said...

Is Darth Vader on the bench yet? He wouldn't put up with this sort of travesty. I'm sure The Forefathers never considered something like Michael Jackson when they wrote the Constitution.

5:08 PM  
Blogger L said...

tim: yes indeed :)

martha: oh yeah - they're something, aren't they?

lisa: I may be doing another "Odd Art" post on Koons at some point. If you want to see my previous ones, I have a dropdown box at the right side of my blog

jim bliss: I would not be surprised

npr junkie: at least it's not a BORING piece of art

glomgold: no one could consider anything remotely like Michael Jackson unless they were on some serious drugs...

10:49 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

L: You might also want to check out the early paintings of Eric Fischl here...

http://www.ericfischl.com

9:09 PM  
Blogger L said...

he's actually pretty interesting, I think -- I like some of his paintings. Unfortunately, he may not be quite strange enough for one of my "Odd Art" posts :)

3:26 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

Yes, maybe your audience is a tad more cultured than the majority of Americans. Still, many people would find E.F.'s early works a little odd.
But, I also like his work. Actually, I like Koons as well. But, then, I like everybody. ...Except maybe the toilet satan artist. He's just far, too far, ahead of his time.

8:30 PM  
Blogger L said...

Lisa: I actually love Jeff Koons -- but I will be the first to admit that he's odd.

and the toilet satan does have it's own charm, sort of

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Mariana said...

I can never get over that fact that this is regarded as an important work of art, representative of the pop style. Shouldn't an important work of art be good, first and foremost?

10:54 PM  
Anonymous editengine said...

Man, that would look great painted on black velvet in my living room.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous jpr said...

Why do I feel queasy?

10:54 PM  
Blogger L said...

Mariana: Maybe it just needs to be interesting...

editengine: everything looks better painted on black velvet

jpr: it's probably just the after-effects of your birthday celebration :)

10:54 PM  
Anonymous comfort addict said...

What I really don't want to know is what Bubbles is doing with him (mind the right hand).

10:54 PM  
Blogger L said...

oooh.. I didn't notice that! you have sharp eyes

10:55 PM  
Anonymous granola girl said...

Perhaps to add to the freak show that this sculpture is -- though it looks like a tacky nic-nac the thing is almost 6 feet long.

I shudder at the thought.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous weary hag said...

Oh my oh my. After reading Comfort Addict's comment, then having another look-see, I'm convinced there's some shenanigans going on there.
But artistically speaking (which I base on absolutely nothing) it's a real work of art.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous mr. anigans said...

that thing has scared me sterile

10:56 PM  
Blogger L said...

Weary Hag: or maybe an unreal work of art :)

mr. anigans: sorry to hear that my good man

10:56 PM  
Anonymous no said...

the soft white underbelly of our times

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Oh my God!!!

That sculpture, to me, just screams, "For display on the television, over a doily, in a middle class Taiwanese household."

10:56 PM  
Anonymous moos said...

That isn't odd - it's truly disturbing.

10:56 PM  
Blogger L said...

no: an apt comment

Sarah: I agree, but it would have to be a pretty large television (the sculpture is life-sized)

moos: I would have to say that it's one of the more disturbing pieces of art that I've posted.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous mark said...

I don't know what bothers me most, the missing chimp's hand or the fact they both seem to be enjoying it. Shudder... I fear for the giraffe.

10:56 PM  

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