Brian Hobbs from Persona Volare: EXPO
Brain Hobbs - Decorative Riot Sticks 2009 hand carved baseball bats paired with Monica Tap - Momento 2002 oil on canvas
Decorative Riot Sticks (details)
Compare to Peter Schuyff's bats:
Had no idea that those existed.
Ha! Quite honestly, the phallic reference never occurred to me.
Damn, now we all have syphilis.
Clone shmone. We haven't had this
"this argument "
yes yes! discussion. This is well-trodden territory, no heat on my side.
For those who might have missed the previous discussion, a clone attack is typically where you have a whole lot of variations calling attention to a single, not very strong idea. As for "heat" I'm not trying to hurt Brian's feelings but this is a simple visual pun (filigrees on a blunt object) with a simple message (violence is bad). If you called them Brutal Carved Dildos they'd be more problematic. Or if they were treated as folk or "tramp art" without any heavy titling they might also work.
"violence is bad"
The title "Decorative Riot Sticks" is oxymoronic. Most viewers of the exhibit will see the dichotomy as "riot sticks bad" and "sumptuous decoration good." I suppose someone who believes in social order and police power could resolve the contradiction into a "violence is beautiful" message. I think it's a stretch.
what we have here are carved baseball bats, not police batons. baseball is a domesticated (inarguably to the level of elegance) form of tribal (war club) battle. the phallus fetish object is a historically ubiquitous theme. the reinterpretation here is rather contextually unique and gorgeously rendered in 20-21c woodworking technique. ultra modern (molded plastic) dildoe design (french tickler etc etc) has come a long way too of late and surely informs as well.
Tom put a nice collage on his blog: morphogenetic hobo poles
Returning after several weeks to this discussion and Sally's defense of Brian Hobbs' carved bats.
"In other words he didn't carve all these bats to contrast with one painting, did he?"
I'm confused--if the work was already in the collection how could he make it "to order," so to speak?
The Monica Tap painting is in the collection, he chose the painting and then carved the bats.
OK, thanks. I'm not sure how pairing the work with an abstract painting makes the work less political but I'm glad we cleared up this point.
LUV THE HOBB
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