We need a break from the Senate Torture Report so, at the risk of an entirely different kind of torture, let’s wallow in really bad art.
For the last quarter century, as WC has exited the elevator in his office building, headed to the courthouse, he’s been greeted by the sight of this amazingly tacky moose-sized work of art. For a given definition of “art.”
It’s moose-sized because the medium is wood-burned, tanned moosehide. That’s right, a very bad rendering of a moose under attack by a pack of amazingly badly drawn wolves, scorched on to tanned moosehide. With dyed moosehide fringe strips along the bottom. And it’s titled, too: “His Last Battle.” Sheesh.
Here’s a detail shot.
There are too many things wrong here to even attempt a critique. And yes, it’s signed, but WC sees no point in mortifying the artist’s heirs by posting the name here. WC supposes that the long, dark winter nights in Fairbanks left someone with far too much time on their hands.
According to the building manager, Marc Langland, former President of Key Bank of Alaska, found this somewhere in the Seattle area, and decided it would look good on the wall of the Key Bank foyer. He left a few years later to help found Northrim Bank, but, worst luck, he left the moosehide behind.
WC supposes it is possible that there is cheesier art in Fairbanks. But he doesn’t have to look at it every day. Or see a badly drawn moose being taken down by badly drawn wolves as he heads to court.
On reconsideration, maybe this isn’t such a good change of subject…