I’m thinking of plagiarizing my cousin Joe’s work. Joe is a famous artist, if you live in NYC or are well-versed in contemporary art or pretend you like obscure things, you might know him. We have the same initials, so I feel like it’s an option.
I don’t know Joe well but I think he’s a pretty solid guy. He has the same blue eyes as my Dad and his brother (Joe’s father). He attended RISD. Whenever I saw him at family gatherings, someone would inevitably remind me that when I was little he often threatened to eat my feet. I think that Joe once painted an excellent rooster for my uncle and it’s still hanging in their family home but I might have made that up.
Joe’s work reminds me of The Emperor’s New Clothes—if you don’t see the beauty and the genius in it then you’re perceived as a fool but in reality, there’s nothing to see. I like to think that Joe is screwing with his devotees—taking their money for being pretentious jerks.
Here’s one of my favorites, guess what it’s called…