July 9, 2018

At the "Epic Fail" Café...

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... you can talk about whatever you like (though you should put comments on the new Supreme Court nominee in the previous post).

The sculpture is "Catt," by Eva and Franco Mattes (2010), photographed by me at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. It is made of a taxidermy cat and bird along with a birdcage and pedestal. I assume the pets died of natural causes. The words "Epic Fail" appear on the image (but are not visible in my photograph).

33 comments:

tim in vermont said...

Natural causes like being sent away to live on a farm.

Birkel said...

lame

Seeing Red said...

Tweety for the win!

Gahrie said...

Instant classic:

https://twitter.com/AlexPappas/status/1016499063657844736

traditionalguy said...
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traditionalguy said...

And the answer is... The statue is lover boy Peter Strozek stuck inside of his crafty Russia Hoax cage while Road Runner Trumpy Bird perches on top of the cage about to fly away free.

Kavenaugh sure made a great impression. He is Catholic family strong.

Unknown said...

Pretty sure Friz Freling did it first..

Two-eyed Jack said...

The idea, that in a nation of 328 million people, designed along federal principles, that the future of the nation hinges on a single life-time appointment ought to be cause, rather than for wailing and gnashing of teeth, for reflection upon solutions.

I have one thought.

I believe that much of the mischief is because of the bizarre idea that splits among the circuits require resolution. For most issues, there is no need of resolution, since there is no need for national uniformity. Let the circuits disagree and let the remaining circuits find appropriate responses whenever possible.

We should not be increasing the size of the court. They will take more cases. Build a culture of regional, rather than national decision making. Then the threat of rule by a fifth judge will recede.

I am not a lawyer, but I read decisions occasionally, in particular looking at the dissents and considering whether they are serious or not. Some scare me, because in our 5-4 republic we are generally only an unfortunate election or mistaken appointment away from disaster.

Drago said...

"At the "Epic Fail" Café..."

Finally! A posting about LLR Chuck!

Clyde said...

Speaking of taxidermy, I saw an article earlier today about an 18-year-old man in New Orleans who was shot in the head and murdered. His family displayed him at his funeral as they felt he would have wanted: sprawled out in an easy chair, game controller in his hands, wearing a Celtics jersey and with his favorite snacks on the table next to him.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

you can almost hear that catt desperately ask "why aren't I 50 points ahead??"

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

it took not one, but TWO people to produce that POS. Ergo the title.

narciso said...


This story gets stranger, just like Mays act of seppuku



https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/09/novichok-poisoning-second-victim-could-have-just-days-live/

FullMoon said...

Four Days of Riot in France With pics and vid

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

oh.
I get it now-- the catt is border children.
in cages.
being shat upon by their golden-plumed overlord.

or like a boy's soccer team trapped in a cave.
or literally like Hitler putting Jews in a concentration camp.

Damn I just wanna dox some fascist bigot right now.

Big Mike said...

It’s thoroughly derivative, having been done already by Warner Brothers starring Sylvester and Tweety Bird.

Sebastian said...

If it doesn't make me uncomfortable, is it me or is it it?

Quaestor said...

Catt What thin gruel is contemporary art.

Quaestor said...

It’s thoroughly derivative, having been done already by Warner Brothers starring Sylvester and Tweety Bird.

And ten thousand times better.

Gahrie said...

It’s thoroughly derivative, having been done already by Warner Brothers starring Sylvester and Tweety Bird.

And ten thousand times better.


Oh!! How plebian....

{clutches pearls and storms off}

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

Our cat Gwendolyn died by euthanasia last night. She was 18, had lung cancer and was swollen up like a basketball. She was vomiting up blood so we decided it was time to help her on her way. RIP Gwen.

Chris N said...

Deep, man. Deep.

Narayanan Subramanian said...

https://madgeniusclub.com/2018/07/09/unreliable-witnesses/

How did "sculpture" get into the museum? Who are the usual suspects? Did $$ change hands??

Ray said...

My sympathies on Gwen.

At least she had many wonderful years with you.

The art makes me uncomfortable, as a cat owner.

The Vault Dweller said...

The art makes me uncomfortable, as a cat owner.

Alan Alda wrote a book called "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned". In it he shares various life lessons he learned, including to never stuff the family Dog. Apparently after the Dog died, his father got it stuffed and it was kept in the living room. Alan described the feeling that caused as one of awkwardness and uncomfortability. I've had a few cats and I've had a few cats die. Even without having heard of Alan Alda's anecdote It would have never occurred to me to try to have any of the remains of my cats preserved.

Clyde said...

Here's a link to that story I mentioned earlier:

This funeral celebrated a Celtics fan’s life by having him play ‘NBA2K’ in a Kyrie Irving jersey

Clyde said...

I saw a different article from the local New Orleans TV station that showed a short video, panning to the TV in front of his body where the NBA2K game was playing. Golden State was already up 7-0. Somehow, I don't see a Celtics comeback.

john said...
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john said...

Unofficial news, I guess, is that Wild Boars 9 and 10 have emerged from the cave. This is the third day I cant sleep, damn other side of the world. Let the final three kids make it out safely this morning, please!

My son knows someone, or knows someone who knows someone who works at Space X, who said the worst thing working for that company is having Musk show up at engineering, computing, or assembly and try to help out. It's a great big get the fuck out of here Elon, but of course they can't say it to his face. And now he shows up in Thailand with his kid submarine. And the head of operations told him thanks but that thing won't work here.

Happy Warrior said...

It occurred to me this morning that Althouse approaches her blog as a Supreme Court of one. She chooses (carefully it seems) the cases that she brings before the court, and then examines them judiciously, all the while being extremely careful to keep her personal opinions out of the process. Dilly dilly!

LordSomber said...

Eva and Franco Mattes again confound modern man with their Artistic Brilliance.

Roy Jacobsen said...

Pretty sure Friz Freling did it first..

I was going to say Looney Tunes, but, yeah. A derivative work for sure.

Rick Turley said...

Pfffft! That's nothing compared to Willie "the Wimp" Stokes, Jr. and his Cadillac coffin.

Willie the Wimp was buried today,
They laid him to rest in a special way.
Sent him off in the finest style
That casket-mobile really drove 'em wild
Southside Chicago will think of him often
Talkin' 'bout Willie the Wimp and his Cadillac coffin,
Willie the Wimp and his Cadillac coffin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV8Pb3YECIQ