Saturday, April 28, 2012

Reduce, recycle, reuse

A few years ago I did a series of mixed media pieces on 12" x 12" pieces of plywood that I really hated.  So I stuck them in a closet and vowed never to look upon them again.  But after my funds for canvas purchases ran low, I decided to paint over some of them in order that I could maybe come up with something I liked. 

I finally hit upon the idea of making mock ups of labels for products, mostly food, that never existed.  The idea stemmed from those great labels they used to put on fruit boxes

Here's the first one I came up with:

The slogan that goes along with this is, "Comrades, make Communist Cat Sardines part of your five year plan for healthy eating!  Or else."

7 comments:

C said...

I LOVE this! Hope you'll post some more.

Sleestak said...

You painted over old art? You realize in a few years people will pay premium for old masters. And commie kittens are cool.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

That one is terrific. I can see it being approved by some low level soviet bureaucrat for their exported cat food product.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Sleestak, they won't pay diddly for the ones I'm painting over. They were gawd awful.

Mnmom said...

I'd buy them!

kirby said...

That's what outsider art is all about, making do with what you have.

gmb said...

Very cool. I love some of the graphics used to promote food here and abroad. It's really a crime that not as much attention is paid to labels and promotional posters. They seem cheap and boring now.