Politico: George Bush’s Paintings Aren’t Funny

…the media loves Bush’s paintings. They’re ideal clickbait-kitsch from a boy who would grow into an adorable grandpa, without ever becoming an adult. Bush grins in his painting smock and we laugh. An art exhibit is the benign cherry on his lifetime sundae of fail. Some in the media even wonder if art is therapy for him. Is Bush haunted by what he has done?

I believe Bush paints because Bush can do anything. Every American dream, Bush got—an Ivy League education, running his own sports team, even the presidency. When each dream ended in failure, he grinned and moved on. Bush’s paintings are one more way of turning away from the past, just as he ignored the trail of blood Zaidi left as guards dragged him from the room.

Molly Crabapple for Politico, “George Bush’s Paintings Aren’t Funny”: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/04/george-bushs-paintings-arent-funny-105664.html#.U0y6PeZdVpc

Der Spiegel

There’s a feature on Molly in this week’s Der Spiegel by Mathieu von Rohr.  It’s solely available in German at the moment, but there’s a very nice quote from Salman Rushdie that says “Molly is an old-style bohemian with very contemporary political sensibilities. I’m very attracted by the fluidity and versatility of her line, and by her images’ mixture of sexiness, satire, and real anger about the state of things.”

New Orleans wheat paste installation

Always Art_HR (84 of 92)

Melissa here! I was recently in New Orleans, and had the unique opportunity to do an installation for Molly Crabapple. We wanted to find local spaces that would be interested in allowing us to wheat paste art onto their buildings, with her focus on illustrating local performers. The whole project would be a celebration of New Orleans culture. She received permission from Nicky da B and Katey Red, two legendary rappers in NOLA, to use their likenesses.

We ended up wheat pasting onto the Allways Lounge, located on St. Claude and Marigny Sts at the Bywater/Marigny border. The Allways Lounge is a gorgeous, cabaret-style venue that features amazing burlesque acts, live bands and has been a strong supporter of the weird and wonderful performers in NOLA. We were thrilled to work with them!

On one windy evening just after Mardi Gras, friend and talented local artist Reina, and I went and put up a number of prints. The following were taken by the wonderful photographer Melisa CardonaAlways Art_HR (7 of 92)

Always Art_HR (8 of 92)

Always Art_HR (10 of 92)

Always Art_HR (13 of 92)

We had the images printed up at a local copy shop, then proceeded to cut out each image by hand, keeping the outlines fairly loose to match Molly’s style.

Always Art_HR (15 of 92)

Always Art_HR (30 of 92)

Always Art_HR (40 of 92)

Always Art_HR (47 of 92)

Always Art_HR (53 of 92)

Always Art_HR (61 of 92)

Always Art_HR (69 of 92)

Always Art_HR (70 of 92)

All done! The whole process took us only a few hours. Come morning, Melisa came back around & took photos of the whole building in the light.Always Art_HR (73 of 92) Always Art_HR (84 of 92) Always Art_HR (87 of 92) Always Art_HR (88 of 92) Always Art_HR (91 of 92)

 

And the original images:

nicky

Rapper, Nicky Da B

katyred

Rapper, Katey Red

Babydoll

Inspired by New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies

dancer-right

Bounce Dancer