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Mona Lisa shows her bum in Walker’s “Moona Lisa”

Posted in Art & Culture, I Heart Tricksters, I like big butts & I can not lie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2008 by alphabetfiend

Not so long ago I dreampt that Vickie Berndt’s painting “Divine Goddess”  (Drag queen Divine as a many-armed indian goddess) had been stolen.  While still inside the dream in typical dream logic I surmised that “Divine Goddess” was the new Mona Lisa.  Though now that I’m awake I’m wondering if maybe Nick Walker’s “Moona Lisa” is more like it, literally.  Nick’s now infamous street piece has us asking “Has Mona changed over time, growing less modest and more irreverently unloosed?  Or have we simply gotten to know her better?  Now privy to her private goofball self?  A giggly playmate that she shares only with her lover or her dearest friends?  Are we banging Mona Lisa?  Is she our new (old) best bud? “

Walker's "Moona Lisa" is a cheeky look at a staid classic

Seeing Mona in a new setting, from a new, ahem, angle is oddly liberating.  I don’t know about y’all but when Mona is lifting her robes to show us her booty, I just wanna yank my crinolines and bare my own (bountiful)  bum.  I could bask in the moonlight all night.  Nick Walker explains the magic behind pieces like his Moona, “In 1992 I began to combine stencils with my freehand work. The appeal of stencils is that they allow me to take an image from anywhere – dissect any part of life – and recreate it on any surface.”

On his myspace page,  Walker lists among his interests: “Robots, pranks, space suits, ESP, swimming under water, Rock ’em Sock ’ems, macaroons. ”  Holy cupcake!  No wonder I like Nick Walker!  He’s a Robot-loving macaroon-munching mindreader with a trickster bent.  The neon orange foxes have kissed his forehead.  He’s most definitely Goof-blessed — at a recent Bonham’s Auction “Moona Lisa” (in some form) sold for six figures when it was estimated at only six grand.  Marc Schiller chopped it up to “the Banksy effect”  (Banksy being the outlaw street artist who became a gallery sensation.)  I dunno… makes a foxy kind of sense.  Funny things happen when your forehead is bussed by neon foxes.  “Estimates” be damned, my man, The DayGlo Fur had other plans.  Schillinger said in the October ’08 issue of Paper, “The price is not only astronomical, it’s absurd.”  Absurdity is the trickster’s signature — illegible loops of neon ink — so yea, absurd, exactly.  Makes me want to sleep with a feather-crossed macaroon on my forehead so as to summon some sneaky oscillations… 

Artist & (re) Inventer Nick Walker inks some prints of his modern masterpiece “Moona Lisa.”

“I got fuzzy hair, hate rude people and love burritos.”  — Nick Walker

Alphabetfiend is Dia VanGunten — a writer & wanna-be circus freak living in Austin, Texas.

Silly Sato, Cutesy Ganesh

Posted in Art & Culture, I Heart Tricksters with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2008 by alphabetfiend
Another witty deity by Vickie Berndt

"Sato Remover of Obstacles" Another witty deity by Vickie Berndt

 

Since so many of you peeked in on my blog “Hello Kitty as Indian Trickster”  I thought you might enjoy seeing this companion piece by Vickie Berndt.  Wish it were mine, sigh.  My eyes are green with envy over his juicy orange belly.  Love it!  These pieces make me so damn giddy.  I love the impish irreverence, the sacred-cow-cartoon of it, the happy inside the holy like the yolk in a papery shell.

Vickie Berndt, are you a trickster? 

You do love to turn things on their head with a great big guffaw!

It takes one to know one, so I mean no insult.

Well, my love, it’s not for me to blow yer tricky cover…. but I will say this much: I heart Vickie Berndt and I heart Tricksters!

Want more?   http://vickiberndt.com/fs.html

Alphabetfiend is Dia VanGunten — a writer & wanna-be circus freak living in Austin, Texas.

Hello Kitty as Indian Trickster

Posted in Art & Culture, I Heart Tricksters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2008 by alphabetfiend
I wish I owned this Kitty Krishna by Vickie Berndt

I wish I owned this Kitty Krishna by Vickie Berndt

I think it’s true what they say about not buying art to match your furniture but damn this baby would look bitchin with my light blue couch and my Babe the Blue Ox!   

Babe the Blue Ox would crish on Kitty Krishna

Babe the Blue Ox would crish on Kitty Krishna

But that’s not why I covet it.  I love the tongue-in-cheek goofiness, the meeting of minds between the trickster Krishna and the glamorous Hello Kitty.  Between spirituality and pop culture, the humorous & the holy.  It’s groovy.  I dig it.  Beat.  Plus that crown is FABULOUS!  Vickie Berndt has an amazing vision.  Clever and weird, cutsie yet penetrating.  Last week I dreamt that Berndt’s  “Divine Goddess” (Drag Queen Divine as an Indian Goddess) was stolen!  In the dream I realized that Berndt’s Divine was the new Mona Lisa. 

Another witty beauty by Vickie Berndt

Another witty beauty by Vickie Berndt

To see more of Berndt’s work:    http://vickiberndt.com/fs.html     Have fun!

Alphabetfiend is Dia VanGunten — a writer & wanna-be circus freak living in Austin, Texas.

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