Monday, April 03, 2006

MOBA

Think Again by Richie, acrylic on canvas, promised gift to MOBA by Scott Wilson

This disturbing work "makes an offer you can't refuse". The chilling, matter-of-fact manner in which the subject presents the severed head to us is a poignant reminder of just how numb we have become. The understated violence implicit in the scene speaks volumes on our own desensitization, our society's reflexive use of force, and the artist's inability to deal with the hindquarters of the animal.


I highly recommend a visit to the Museum of Bad Art's website.

3 Responses to “MOBA”

Rebecca U. said...
April 5, 2006 at 11:28 PM

Ha! An old friend of mine is represented in their collection. I have the MoBA handbook, it's hilarious.


Scott said...
April 6, 2006 at 7:50 AM

Hey Rebecca,
Can we see your friends work on the site? If so which one is it?

It is exactly this type of collection that makes me go through all my old work about once a year and decide what gets destroyed and what survives for at least another year. My only regrets, a few of those pieces that sold. I hope they never resurface, hahaha.


Rebecca U. said...
April 7, 2006 at 1:01 AM

Yes, it's here. http://www.museumofbadart.org/collection/unseen-11.html. But I'm pretty sure he has others in the collection. He did great scratchcards about the apocolypse and was a remarkable street portrait photographer -- he documented the adolescence of all my friends and myself in the Boston suburbs. He died a few years ago after a lifetime of psychological problems. He was a really, really great guy.

Sandy also showed at "Outsider" spaces, which is just a semantic shading of Bad Art in some ways, ha ha. But in truth, Sandy was proud to be in the Museum of Bad Art. In a 1996 CNN article, Sandy was quoted as saying, "My stuff is good in a way. I mean it's bad, but it's good, you know? It's bad and good. Good-bad stuff, you know?" (http://www.cnn.com/STYLE/9603/bad_art/)


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