TARBOT: ok here is the painting
I am completely mystified and terribly intrigued
i need a moment to gather myself
CROE: that was kind of the artist to give everyone a name
(did I mention… priced at $30,000?)
so the setting reminds me of a fairytale
the cat as well – like puss in boots
TARBOT: mmm, ok yeah I can see that
the bows, definitely Lady Gaga-esque
CROE: yes. a fashion statement? or an elaborate attempt to hide
or to dress it up
like a monkey in a bow…is still a monkey
CROE: the animals are all dressed in human clothing, but their facial
expressions reveal they are still animals
TARBOT: I’m SO very curious about the bubbles
where did they come from?
why did the artist choose to include them?
how are cats and monkeys considered half-siblings?
ok that last question was not bubble-related, but confounding
TARBOT: yes, well according to the description… Meg is Little Judy’s
CROE: where is the description?
CROE: the poses do suggest a sisterly relationship
TARBOT: or a “Lebanese” one
CROE: i see that in the description, but it’s not so clear from the
TARBOT: yeah, not seeing it either haha
oh, and they’re Jewish, too, right? if I understand correctly
that tree that’s in the foreground is also in a strange placement
CROE: yeah, there’s sort of a barrier of twigs between the monkeys and
it’s a really gnarled tree, with lots of pokey sticks
so to me the bubbles suggest childish innocence
but the sticks seem like they would puncture bubbles
it doesn’t seem like the bubbles would last very long in this
perhaps we’re seeing the innocence of childhood (bubbles) in
their last moments before they are punctured
TARBOT: mmm that’d fit well with the smoking
CROE: and the frame calling betty naughty
TARBOT: there’s some small faint writing on top of the painting
I can’t make out what it says
to be fair
I do like the detail work
and the richness of the colors
CROE: me too!
i actually really like it!
especially the perplexity of it
we haven’t really touched on rosh hashana
is it just that they are starting the new year
with a romp in the woods
or is there more?
TARBOT: mmm… jewish. but they also look like they’re southern
southern jewish monkeys and cats?
CROE: was this made in 1938?
TARBOT: I don’t think so
on the artist’s home page it states:
READ ROBIN WILLIAMS’ STATEMENT
READ CARRIE FISHER’S INTRODUCTION TO SITE
which suggests he’s a modern artist
ah HE was born in 1938
CROE: what do you make of the bigger monkey’s elbow around the
TARBOT: sisterly love and affection?
as an only child, I can’t speak to it
CROE: or is there an aspect of control?
it’s kind of a tight elbow
around the neck
TARBOT: well yeah, like I said, sisterly love and affection haha
CROE: not to the level of choking
TARBOT: maybe that’s why Meg felt the need to yank on Little Judy’s ear
perpetuating the bully … ing
TARBOT: well if she is being strangled…
CROE: is it just trying to catch a drop of sweat?
monkeys have feelings, too, you know
it – is a she
TARBOT: we apologize for our thoughtless comments when regarding
your presumed gender role
croe and tarbot
CROE: hear hear
have you looked at the closeups? both meg and betty have
eyes like jewels
they resemble the stones in their bracelets.
hmm, the bracelets match
TARBOT: “the jewel of my eye”
TARBOT: in one of the closeups we can see the text on the painting more
clearly … just the artist’s name
and a date, looks like
2003 or 2008?
all their dress buttons match too
seriously, the details! gorgeous
the subject matter may be … questionable and confusing, but
the execution of this piece is really great
CROE: the fabric falls well
all those gathers
CROE: and the bows
they aren’t symmetrical.
they look real
ok, it’s definitely growing on me
but not $30k worth yet!
CROE: the lace on betty’s collar is torn
TARBOT: so it is
well, she looks like the rambunctious sister
her blue waist bow is all askew
her teeth are in … poor shape
she’s probably a tomboy at heart
TARBOT: (no offense, tomboys)
CROE: betty, this is why you can’t have nice things
TARBOT: think maybe Planet of the Apes inspired him?
what was HIS lightbulb, as it were?
could be. it looks like he has lots of monkey paintings
TARBOT: hmm I think I’m done… unless you have something else to
CROE: i think we’ve given this one the full croe and tarbot treatment
TARBOT: haha… what does that consist of, exactly?
CROE: Savvy, passionate, insightful, erudite, unpretentious, and
CROE: excellent choice
by the way
TARBOT: * cursty… you know, in the style of the southern jews *
why thank you