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Goodbye Art by Snuppy
Monday, 19 November 2007, 10:25am
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distractableDON’T think for one nano-second we didn’t (and/or don’t) plan to do a Musical Opposite in order to garner Cheap Laughs to yesterday’s Fratelli-featuring post, because we do… we really do. Unfortunately, ours is a creative process best described as “free-flowing”. Worst described as “Oh look at that! A shiny object! Ooooooh, pretty. Uh, what was I doing just now? Oh yeah, writing another po… oooh look! More shiny stuff! Pretty…”

SIGH. What can we say? We are what we are.

SO what exactly, we hear you ask (in that way you have of snapping us back to attention), was the “shiny object” that prevented today’s hearty MOCL laugh? Hmmm, we say, tearing our eyes away from the TV set. What’s that? Pardon us but we were just watching a story about a lowly sparrow who thwarted the efforts to break the “domino stacking” record on Headline News. Who’d a thunk it they’d kill the poor bird for knocking down a few thousand dominoes? And who in their right mind would want to take the time to stack over 4 million of those things, in the first place? Beats the hell outta us — probably someone like THIS GUY, who’s become moderately famous for creating “art” he then destroys. A guy by the name of Phi…hey! Is that a new necklace…? Pretty…

OOPS, heh heh, there we go again, doing that thing we do when our minds are blown by excessive retaliation/domino displays and/or you show up wearing new jewelry — we digress. Somewhere up there we were telling you about a clever guy who crafts-then-destroys his own impressive works of art.

THUS far Phil Hansen (for that’s his name as well as a link to all his “goodbye art”) has done everything from Hendrix (using 7,000 matches he then set on fire), to Brittney Spears (painted with his finger using only chewed up bits of Starbuck’s pastries), to A Burning Monk (beautifully pieced together out of 1,887 Oreo cookies). Needless to say, we were amazed, not just by his ability to take an unusual medium and use it exclusively to create something artistic, but his willingness to then destroy the various fruits of his labor. Who does that? Were you not paying attention to our words two paragraphs ago? Yeesh. “Who does that” is the same guy who first caught our eye several months ago by posting the following video, which features a series of pictures he painted onto his own torso — a series, we hasten to add, comprised of the biggest influences in his life, that took this guy over 20 hours to create. (all told, Phil claims he spent 30 hours in that “suit of paint”, even sleeping in it, which was, in his words “aweful“.*)

LIKE any fabulously creative person, Phil also has a blog, which you can check out HERE. Not sure why you’d want to, but hey, it’s Monday, so knock yourselves out. It may be interesting to note that, as of this month, Phil has decided to say adios to his Goodbye Art series, making it more prophetic than we’re guessing he first intended. On the other hand, since we don’t really care, that’s not interesting at all.

PS: don’t think we didn’t smile just a tad to discover the featured song on PHIL’S MYSPACE PAGE was one of our favorites by who? That’s right, by the band we introduced you to over the weekend, aka: The Fratellis. And thus, our musical(ish) circle is closed.

*note to aspiring artists: gud speling iz not recrired to do gud werk.


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good grief! what started out as a short-yet-silly post turned into a long-assed missive on ruined art and/or dead birds (yeah, that was pretty sad). i highly recommend checking out the portrait Phil did using ONE order of McDonald’s Biggie Fries. whoa. and ewww — talk about grease.

now i’m off to drag take our son to his physical therapy session — and will hope to drop by a few of your blogs later in the day (i say that because i SO didn’t get to use the computer much. not that BOBO was manning the computer in hopes a few more of you would drop by in order to see his latest post, mind you. i just, um, had other things to do with my weekend. heh heh. πŸ™„

Comment by snuppy

That was pretty amazing! Today is one of those strange “why am I at work – shouldn’t the entire week be a holiday” kind of Mondays. Tough to focus…way too early to clock watch but, oops, too late.

Comment by BoBo

All I can think about is the poor bird killed over stupid dominos.

Comment by Nessa

BoBo: yeah, his stuff is odd-but-impressive all right. you didn’t catch that “unfocused” thing from me, did you? πŸ˜‰

Nessa: can you imagine the scene? all those onlookers… they get down to the last 23,000 dominoes, the bird shows up and ruins the show — the blamm-o! they shot it. oy… where’s the justice in that? kind of makes me glad those folks didn’t break that record, i tell ya… πŸ™„

Comment by snuppy

uh… okay, so i went back to re-read the “sparrow” story, and here’s the deal: that particular bird almost ruined an attempt to set a new record, in the Netherlands 2 years ago. i guess i got confused because there was another attempt to break the record over the weekend (or something like that) which failed. still…at some point in time, a defenseless bird did die at the hands of an Animal Control Zealot because it knocked down a few pieces of plastic. where’s the justice in that, eh??? πŸ˜•

Comment by snuppy

Those domino people sure do take it seriously, don’t they? I sure wouldn’t want to get in their way. That video was interesting. Who does stuff like that? Spend 30 hours in paint for the sake of art, and then destroy it…I don’t get it, but it’s fun to watch. πŸ™‚

Comment by Theresa

That would take a lot of Irish Spring to wash out. Good thing it peeled off. And that he shaved his chest.

I’ve seen this before. I have to admit as one who can’t draw a stick figure, I was pretty impressed.

Comment by littlebluepill

man I would have opened up a semi-automatic on that damned bird. Of course, I don’t stack dominoes or have a gun so I guess I am just talking shit. hehe

Comment by Chris C

Theresa: i don’t get either activity. and i sure as hell don’t get shooting that bird. yikes! πŸ™„

LBP: i think it would have been more interesting had he not shaved his chest. or gross. i can’t decide which. i figured a few of you might have seen this already — our youngest son saw another story on Headline News yesterday that featured Phil’s Hendrix portrait, and that reminded me of the link i’d been saving since i first saw it on The YouTube, a few months ago! πŸ˜‰

Chris: well color me relieved. that said, it might have been difficult not to be moderately upset with a bird who destroyed hours and hours’ of work with one flap of the wing. d’oh! πŸ˜‰

Comment by snuppy

Wow, that’s a lot of stomach painting. I think my neck would have gotten too sore from all that looking down to do more than a few of those. But then I’m sure he’s used to it.

Poor little birdie indeed 😦

Comment by Jeff

Jeff: he says he painted 30 people and/or things that represented those folks. i, too, wondered about his neck. ouch. πŸ˜‰

oooh, and “poor birdie”, indeed. who knew those Domino folks could be such bitches?

Comment by snuppy

Phil’s a wild and crazy guy! I’ve never seen anything like that.

Comment by actonbell

I thought that was pretty talented whaat he did there. If t-shirts weren’t this affordable at Old Navy, I’d get me some cretaivity and some paint πŸ™‚

I haven’t been on many blogs either, I am on serious 5 nephew baby sitting watch for a week. It makes you re-think teh joy of having children every once in a while. πŸ™‚

Comment by Penguin

Actonbell: wait’ll you see the rest of his art-related videos! “wild and crazy” ain’t the half of it. πŸ˜‰

Penguin: damn, girl — if that’s not “performance” art, i don’t know what is. i’m tired just thinkin’ about it! (that said, i’ve seen previous pictures, and i know how much fun it is to take care of those kids — why do i think you’ll be (and/or are) the one having the best time??) πŸ™‚

Comment by snuppy

You are probably right…I enjoyed the “intelligent way to search for chess figures in the evening soup” a particular high-light so far! πŸ™‚

Comment by One Hot Puppy

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