Created for the “Quentin vs. Coen” show curated by San Francisco’s Spoke Art Gallery and shown in Los Angeles for the Beyond Eden Art Fair.
Obviously I chose to go the Coen route with my “Quartet of Screaming Goodmans” here. Goodman’s jailbreak scene from Raising Arizona is one of my all time movie favorites and my introduction to the Coen experience. It’s about 5 minutes of constant yelling as he births himself from the mud, after which he pulls out his partner upside down by his foot with one arm. Shown here are all of Goodman’s appearances in the Coen Brothers’ films (so far) in their finest yelling moments: Gale Snoats from Raising Arizona; Charlie Meadows or Madman Karl Mundt from Barton Fink; Walter Sobchak from The Big Lebowski; and Big Dan Teague from O Brother, Where Art Thou. Goodman also appeared in another amazing Coen film, The Hudsucker Proxy, in voiceover form as the Newsreel Announcer. He is credited as the alias Karl Mundt, ha!
To be honest, I’ve always been a bit apprehensive towards themed or project shows and usually tend to shy away. Perhaps it’s because it can feel like an assignment, or perhaps it’s that I’m not that interested in introducing pop culture into my work. Maybe it’s that the Coen Brothers have a legion of fans and I tend to feel uncomfortable when I do a piece that may have mass appeal as my audience usually have somewhat niche interests. Maybe it’s that I can never completely make the work my own as I’m referencing someone else’s art. in this case, the filmmakers themselves, cinematographers, set designers, lighting directors, music score creators and the whole crew that encompasses the entire Coen aesthetic and feel.
However, I AM a huge fan of their films, so why the hell not. It’s also nice to break up the plight of my current work for a bit and do something that’s pure fun and a tribute to something I love and respect.
Wow, how’s that for a ramble? Fuck it dude, let’s go bowling.