30 March 2009

maison21 reaches a pinnacle

the gayest thing m21 has ever done:
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 yard sale pop-up store this last weekend, but no takers). we'll have to ponder her fate for a bit... in the meantime, we leave you with classic bit of judy that makes m21 kind of understand why his gay ancestors worshiped her (added bonus: the art direction of the clip is pretty fabulous too- love that door!).

17 comments:

YSLGuy said...

Poor Judy

Tracy said...

Wow! This post has everything... hilarity, sadness (poor Judy), art education, your altruistic and respectful rescue of Judy followed by blatant exploitation, music AND over-the-top theatre!! And you pulled all of this out of your crazy brain at 3am!! Very impressive.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Ha ha so funny. You always make me laugh. Don't throw her out! Do something fab with it and report back!

Pretty please.

Laura T said...

Don't know how large this painting is, but could she be used inside a medicine cabinet behind the shelves? When I first looked at your photo with the pills, that's what I thought you'd done.:)

Moi said...

I want to see her mounted in a kitchen (no pun intended)!

Billy D said...

Could you cut her in half, or in many small pieces, and frame all of the pieces exuberantly/baroquely? Perhaps all the frames in white?

Of all the options you put forth, I actually like the Duchamp the best. Now if only I were clever enough to think up a French spelling pun...

lady jicky said...

There is always the back of the toilet room door .

Or - you could put it out on your naturestrip with a sign saying "Please don't touch"
Judy will be gone in under a hour!

Ivy Lane said...

Throwing Judy away would be reckless..You MUST do something special with her and post back with a full reveal!

maison21 said...

ysl guy- poor judy indeed. not only was rher real life no picnic, her after life as art has been full of sadness too.

tracy- i just schedule my posts at 3am- they are completed much earlier- almost always by 1:30. am. yes, i am a nightowl- damn my biological clock!

high heels- because you asked so nicely, i will keep her. i don't think i ever would have had the heart to do it anyway.

laura t- i would take a judy garland sized medicine cabinet indeed to put her inside- she is HUGE 54" high by 40" wide.

moi- funny, i can't picture judy ever eating anything but bourbon, cigarettes and valiums, so mounting her in a kitchen would be a tad ironic. i actually like the idea, as my kitchen is not really used for anything but a place to keep the vodka chilled, but since my kitchen is also the size of a postage stamp, and she is giant, i'm afraid it's not to be.

billy- i very much love your idea of making her a mosaic of individually framed pieces as i think it would reflect her somewhat fractured and chaotic real life persona but he canvas already shows lots of cracking, and i'm afraid she wouldn't survive the transition. still, i'm going to think on it as it would be a great solution to the "what to do about judy" problem.

lady jicky- you are oh so right about the "do not touch" being a dare to steal her- i have a 1960's abstract painting in my powder room that was delightfully counterpointed by an exuberantly baroque frame. i noticed the the frame was disgustingly dirty, so not wanting to damage the painting, removed it for cleaning. i took the frame out to my front yard were the sun was strongest, and though the pail of soapy water was right next to it signifying that it was being cleaned it was pinched in the 10 minutes i left it alone to dry. not 5 feet from my front door, mind you.

ah, urban living!


ivy- don't worry- i didn't rescue her just to ditch her all over again, though knowing me and extracurricular activities, it could be quite a while before she is transformed (money earning work has to come before fun, ya know? hate that).

Leah said...

That is, indeed, super-gay. ;-)

maison21 said...

leah- i know, right? i think i got like triple bonus miles when i used my gay card to buy it...

mary said...

Poor Judy is right - still makes me teary - I think you should wrap her up and wait for the perfect occasion and make a "hostess" gift of her - she'll become a traveling trophy and your circle of friends - and poor unsuspecting newbies will enjoy her for year to come.

tula said...

"most of all, judy was cheap..." alas, an E! True Hollywood story receives its coda.

Habitually Chic said...

First of all, I think we need to stage a PhotoShop intervention! Poor Judy! But I was also going to suggest hanging her in the loo. I think it would be a hoot if you closed the door and there she was staring at you!

Anonymous said...

The "gayest thing you could ever do" is have sex with a man.

maison21 said...

reallllly, anon? well then, mission doubly accomplished!

Leah said...

Ha! Well then, Maison, you are super-duper gay.