was purchasing this giant size acrylic portrait of judy garland at a yard sale a few weeks ago.
it was late, and the yard sale was packing up, and the thought of judy being left on the curb or tossed in a dumpster broke m21's heart- she is part of maison21's cultural heritage after all (we are old, but not quite old enough to be part of the generation of gay men who worshiped her. still, we should respect those who have gone before us, right?). most of all, judy was cheap, and maison21 thought she was campy and funny, so we went ahead and bought her.
painting has been on maison21's mind as of late, so he thought he could indulge in the time honored tradition of appropriating another artist's work into his own, and re-imagine the canvas into something he would not be embarrassed to hang in the atelier.
our first thought was to warholize her, but upon reflection, it seems like way too much work for way too little effect- after all, warhol's portraits were camp in and of themselves- to give judy the warhol treatment is a bit redundant, dontchathink?
then we thought we could do a homage to damien hirst, and paint giant pills floating across her face. but painting photorealistic pills might be beyond our meager abilities. i guess we could always try decoupaging as an option, for a little mixed media camp.we could give her the barbara kruger treatment, but again, painting letters might be beyond our abilities- not necessarily technique-wise, but patience wise. like the warhol treatment, just too much work...
a few well-placed john baldessari dots seems much more doable, so it's an option ...
easiest of all, might be a duchamp moustache, ala LHOOQ... in the end, judy might meet the fate m21 was originally trying to spare her, and be set out on the curb for the trash man (we already tried to get rid of her at our own