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Elephant Dung on Parade
 
1999 - Watercolors and Correction Fluid on Paper

Elephant Dung on Parade is one of those wierder, quirky titles I was tossing out at the time. It's a mix of Disney's Dumbo and the modern art fascination with elephant dung. Only in America.

The painting is all about motion. Lots of heavy layers of Liquid Paper over a somewhat colorless background. I don't remember if I was trying to use faded color to give it a vintage, "classic abstract" look, or if I was just mixing badly and turning everything brown. Whatever. In this case, it's better to focus on the foreground. The added colors in the foreground - orange, yellow, red, blue - were drawn with marker pens, which have been a common tool of mine for years. You see those in most of the B-Sides to the drawings from 1998.

The B-Side is one of my best, a crazily crowded collage devoted to the "Am I Hot or Not?" website. It was one of those odd little Internet novelties that is still with us, and still quite popular. Putting something together like this is obviously time-consuming, which is probably why I'm not too eager to churn more out today (March 2004). However, I still like the idea and would enjoy the opportunity to exhibit an entire series of works like this.