Nouvelle Pomme Bouche

Nouvelle Pomme Bouche        
Claude Lalanne (b. 1924)
Bronze, 2008.

CROE: in English, new apple mouth

TARBOT: well I’ve heard of apple bottoms…
not sure what an apple mouth is

CROE: lol

TARBOT: it’s somehow a bit meta…
cause mouths eat apples
so for a mouth to be part of an apple
is… strange
is it a photoshopped image or an actual sculpture?

CROE: an actual sculpture, for a change
out of bronze

TARBOT: why work in that medium

CROE: it’s like gold, but less expensive
i must say the idea of biting into a metal apple is not very appetizing
my teeth hurt just thinking about it

TARBOT: oooh! you’re right
I just tried it, too!
thinking about it
not … actually biting into a metal apple

CROE: kissing a metal mouth…also not such a fun thought…even if it were made of gold
hmm, golden apples sound familiar

TARBOT: “Romanian: Prâslea the Brave and the Golden Apples, Romanian, where the thief is not a bird but a zmeu
“It likes beautiful young girls, whom it kidnaps, usually for the purpose of marrying them.”
what a noble creature…. lol



Melissa Haslam (b. unknown)
Painting, unknown.

TARBOT: it’s called “Astray”

CROE: i first read ashtray

TARBOT: indeed!

CROE: i’m confused
by the innocence evoked by the white cats
and the see-through with the leg pose
is she supposed to be a “stray” woman/girl?

TARBOT: yeah, “Astray” is an interesting title…
either she takes in stray cats… but only white ones
or she’s a stray herself, too, OR —
they’re all astray i.e. all have morally questionable behaviour
such as… wearing see through clothes and climbing on trees with them
the “innocence” of the cats
could symbolize her virginity
the whole thing is sexually charged and not at the same time
reminds me a bit of a Japanese print
with the colors of the sky/background

CROE: the blossoms

TARBOT: “crazy cat lady” also comes to mind
though typically they’re not depicted as being this beautiful haha
hmm, white cats, they’re fairly rare right?
one would have to go out of one’s way to get one

CROE: i think so
but i’m having a hard time finding a census with kittycat demographic statistics

TARBOT: haha

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Chewing in Venice

Chewing in Venice        
Simone Decker (b. 1968)
2 Series of 15 Photographs, 1999.

CROE: there are many in the series, but this one is my favorite
however, my first reaction was that it was ridiculous

TARBOT: ewwwwww
that’s not real gum is it?

CROE: i assumed it wasn’t
but i was really curious about such a gigantic sculpture was made to look like gum
i did some research. it actually IS real gum.
she put the gum close to the camera, and shot it to look big!

TARBOT: that’s fantastic.
what an odd… material to work with
I wonder where the inspiration came from
“My curator at the Venice Biennale told me a man came to him during the exhibition. He wanted to know if all the sculptures were installed within the city. He said that he had seen a few of the giant bubble-gum sculptures but wasn’t able to locate the rest.”


Shaunna Peterson (b. 1973)
Acrylic on Wood, date unknown.

TARBOT: oooh
the more I stare at it the more I appreciate how awesome it is!
so it’s an Elvis impersonator robot?

CROE: lol, i hadn’t really noticed the hair
i guess so. he does appear to be having an elvis effect on the crowd
especially the one on the left with the hearts

TARBOT: indeed
though honestly, if they’re all robots, they probably can sing just as well as Elvis, so not sure why that one is so revered
for better acoustics

CROE: maybe he has the latest sound card

TARBOT: ooohhh
I like the robot with the mohawk and the martini

CROE: why does he have a glass dome over his head
to protect his do?

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Gothic Victorian Taxidermy Bat Wing 24K Gilt Skull Necklace        
Loved to Death (created ~2008)
Taxidermy jewelry, 24k gilt, 2010.

TARBOT: the necklace…
which is, btw, made out of real bat wings

CROE: oh. my. god.
loved to death, eh

TARBOT: I’d be afraid the ghost of christmas bat would come haunt me while I was sleeping
overall it’s pretty well executed
or so it seems anyway
I wonder what “treated” means
ooooh, you think she kills the bats for her creations?
or just finds dead ones ?

CROE: i dunno…
maybe she turns her enemies into bats
and THEN kills them

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Fallen Angel, Tell me why

Fallen Angel, Tell Me Why        
Nell Fallcard (b. unknown)
Digital, 2011

TARBOT: yeah, I went for the easy “wings” theme… angels.
but on the up side, I’ve not usually seen chiseled men angels that often
usually it’s a woman, so that’s different :)

CROE: it feels very cobwebby
the way he’s pulling her heart out kinda makes her look like a christmas tree ornament

it seems like there’s a lot of … bloody heart stuff as he’s pulling it out — like, at the top part there
it’s very bizarre
I’d expect more blood all over her dress if there’s that much insides coming out!

CROE: seriously. blood isn’t strandy like that. did he pull out a a bunch of arteries too?
like unraveling a sweater?
thanks for your aorta as well
i’ll need that

TARBOT: he seems to be enjoying it too

CROE: yes

TARBOT: the white wings are deceiving
he LOOKS like a good angel
but jk.

CROE: his left fist is clenched

TARBOT: mmm and he’s got kind of a pissed off look
moral of the story?
never go alone with an angel on mountaintops?

CROE: if a guy asks lots of questions about the health of your heart, he may not just have a kind interest in your well-being. he might be in the market for a new one.

Ocean Horse

Ocean Horse        
Melissa (In The Distance) (b. 1993)
Colored Pencils, 2009

CROE: i think that would sink like a stone

TARBOT: haha
“draw me a sea horse”
the artist went…
and this is what she came up with

CROE: lol
the surface of the water is really pretty

nice lighting effects

CROE: the horse’s eye is kinda freaky

TARBOT: a little bit
like a wraith
maybe if the tail was longer, stronger… the horse would stand a chance of swimming

CROE: yeah
it just looks very unbalanced
maybe he could wear flippers on his front legs

TARBOT: heehee
and how’s he breathing, exactly?

CROE: he doesn’t need to. he’s a wraith
or do wraiths need oxygen? i don’t know much about the anatomy of wraiths
was not covered in my biology classes

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A Love Aquatic

A Love Aquatic

A Love Aquatic        
Sarah L. M. Adler (b. before 1984)
Letterpress, date unknown

it’s like me and my cat’s first meeting
(she’s got huge eyes, too!)

CROE: lol
did you see hearts floating in midair?

TARBOT: so is it … 3 shared hearts, or are two on the fish’s side and only one on the funny looking man’s side
I definitely had a love at first sight moment with her yes
not sure about the floating bit

CROE: the hearts kind of fit, because they could be like air bubbles

TARBOT: oooooh!
maybe this isn’t their first meeting
could be a frequent occurance

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The Bridge

The Bridge        
Inga Nielsen (b. 1983)
Digital, 2008

CROE: two things jump out at me:
we’re pulled forward, into the light in the painting
but the bridge travels in the opposite direction. it doesn’t take us where we want to go
and there are only two spots of color: the red sash, and the yellow lantern

TARBOT: yeah I’m loving the lantern
and how she’s left it behind for the time being

CROE: the detail work in the ivy and vines is spectacular
but how come i see vulvas in so many women’s paintings?
the white waterfall/cave entrance

TARBOT: hahaha
I think you’re projecting
I see nothing of the sort

CROE: it reminds me of the cave in belize
the womb of creation

TARBOT: she’s certainly not well dressed for a day of hiking

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Not so crazy fish

Not-so-crazy fish        
Renae Taylor, b. 1974
Sculpture, date unknown

TARBOT: it’s … definitely crazy
I’ve never seen fish wear that much makeup

i kind of see a male fish in drag

well from the side view… it honestly looks like an … older woman with a generous double chin

CROE: yeah i see that
did you see the eyelashes?

TARBOT: totally fake.

CROE: i’m trying to figure out how to convey my outburst of laughter via im

TARBOT: heehee

CROE: my ass is still attached

TARBOT: a-hahahhaaha

CROE: or rather, my ass is still on

TARBOT: it’s interesting – the whole thing is so strange, but the execution of it is so good in many respects
the painting of it
it looks seamless
like, oh sure, fish like that totally exist
wait… no they don’t!

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