Monday, March 1, 2010

Somewhere Over the Phallic Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Phallic Rainbow

Artist: Unknown

16"X20" Acrylic on stretched canvas

Dorian Iconoclasm School of Painting

The artist’s muted color palette creates a light, ethereal background to this classic Judy Garland pose. The girlish pink offsets the jarring presence of the rainbow, which is presented here with green as its outer layer and red as its inner. As this is backwards from the natural color order of a rainbow, it subtly reminds the viewer that beauty can be artifice, created to manipulate an emotional response. The rainbow also appears to take on a life of its own, attempting to peek around Ms. Garland’s head to position itself more centrally in the picture, but Judy is having none of it. Clearly, as the artist points out, it is Judy who is the true wonder while the rainbow is merely a metaphor for her accidential influence on the gay community.    ~MKS

If one drinks one too many Whiskey Sours, clicks their heels three times and says "It must be her" that true enough, one can almost feel Judy's presence.

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  1. yes, some unknown faygelah had a ball immortalizing judy, but that rainbow looks more like a candy colored vaudevillian hook, just about to yank her back into the wings.

  2. You know Matthew, that was very perceptive of you. I think you could write copy for us.

  3. The artiste gave her Gene Tierney's overbite and Kathryn Grayson's nose.


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