As much as I enjoy his work, my favourite thing about him is that he is the ultimate outsider. The artworld seems to really want to appropriate him but he remains a true independent. He is a disrupter.
The artworld got busy trying to intellectualize his shredder stunt at the Sotheby’s auction house as performance art. I prefer to think that he did it because it he thought it would be funny. I think he was making fun at the expense of the high-brow, hoity-toity fine art establishment. And it was really funny.
Ironically, it likely doubled the value of the piece which had been sold only a moment earlier for the sum of £1m (including buyer’s premium). After all, the stunt made news and history and will, no doubt, eventually be displayed in an enclosed glass display case in a museum. – L/C
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LooseCanine is a pseudonym and alter ego. It is an identity that is separate and distinct from its owner – who is dull and full of self-imposed limitations and worst of all, a cat.
LooseCanine is free and fearless.
LooseCanine likes to paint animals and thinks of them as having relatable emotions. It thinks of them as symbols of peace, strength, truth, harmony, and chaos.
LooseCanine paints energy and traces its constant flow and stir. It’s about moving paint over a hard surface, making lines and shapes and piling on layers until the work is finished with its maker. It typically uses a combination of artists’ acrylic and latex house paint on hard surfaces. The overall image quality is somewhere between wood-cut printing and random doodling.
While too many to count, it draws from influences that include native American art, wood-cut printing and engraving, stained glass, mosaic, and on occasion, Dr. Seuss illustrations. LooseCanine thinks like a dog, which is not too much. It would rather play.
Its heroes are Lassie, Toto, Rin-Tin-Tin and Old Yeller. - L/C
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