Sunday, June 9, 2013

Heebee Post #1007 - CrackerJack Kid (Chuck Welch) - Hancock, New Hampshire - USA

 This newest contribution from popular Mail Artist CrackerJack Kid reminds me of how John Lennon began to fall in love with Yoko Ono. In 1966,  Avant Garde art was, according to Lennon,  interesting, but mainly negative in nature - anti-art.  Anyway, Lennon was invited to a "Happening" with Japanese artist from New York, Yoko Ono to put on a performance at the Indica Gallery in London. One of the exhibits in her show was a ladder that led to a canvas suspended from the ceiling.  Atop the ladder was a spyglass - Lennon climbed the ladder and peered through it.  To his astonishment, he saw only the tiny word "Yes". This seemed to penetrate the negatism and Lennon was intrigued enough to view the rest of the show and meet the artist, whom he now was becoming quite interested in, mainly due to his peculiar interest in the absurd and mould breaking.  The rest is history.

In this piece, the "Yes" is like a promised prize that needs to be turned around and mentally embraced. Kind of a CrackOno-ish Kid ensemble - a grand notion.  Just for the record however, I must admit to never liking Ono and thought her union with Lennon was bizarre.  But, to each his own - it's difficult to fight off love - the heart wants what the heart wants.

This ensemble, which apparently borrowed heavily from Direct TV, is large, a 12" x 9" piece, perfectly constructed and very durable feeling.  A strange piece from one of the more fabulous mail artists of the day.  Thanks very much my dear Kid - see you in the mail!

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