A new one-off piece from Paul Spooner.
‘For quite a few months, I’ve been wanting to make this object. I thought it was one of the funniest ideas I’d ever had. Now it’s done, I’m not so sure. Something is lost when a vaporous thought condenses into a hulking mechanical tableau. The thought, which was just a recognition that two well-known American painters’ surnames were asking to be made into a hopping and whistling machine, seemed especially promising when extensive googling uncovered no precedent for such a thing. Imagine my delight when it dawned on me that another American painter, George Bellows, also had a part to play in the piece.
Both Bellows and Hopper were born in 1882, Whistler 48 years earlier but they were all alive for the same 21 years until Whistler died in 1903. Another thing they had in common was their disdain for fiddly little brushes; none of them seemed to value extreme detail or smoothness of finish.
It’s a pity that during the time they shared above the earth they didn’t get together to produce a group self portrait. This thing will just have to do. Luckily, I’ve just had another idea and I think it’s the funniest I’ve ever had’.
33cm x 14cm x 10cm