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theBongolian
08-18-2019, 09:07 PM
acrylic on 16"x22" panel
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2019/1999899-Friend_Me_please.jpg
comments welcomed
-bongo

Artchrispy
08-18-2019, 09:14 PM
Lloyd Boyd. Sounds like a character in a Vonnegut novel. I love the whole concept of the painting. It's art imitating an imitation of life. Lloyd looks so sad and lonely.

GarageDoor
08-18-2019, 09:15 PM
So cool. Id friend him.. especially since hes my hero for working at Dairy Queen. Well painted totally. Yikes its good!

KreativeK
08-19-2019, 12:11 PM
Love Lloyd Boyd! Cool name and hats off to him working a lonely job there.

theBongolian
08-19-2019, 02:03 PM
Kay, Gdoor, thanks for dropping by, much appreciated.
Lloyd Boyd. Sounds like a character in a Vonnegut novel. I love the whole concept of the painting. It's art imitating an imitation of life. Lloyd looks so sad and lonely.
I wanted Lloyd Boyd to be the least likely person to be added as a friend - without making the painting seem like a parody or sitcom.

So I created an average guy who is -totally honest, and totally socially unaware. So instead of posting a picture of himself in a suit and tie, or rock climbing - he just looks in the camera and takes snapshot - still wearing his DQ workshirt. He wants desperately to make friends and his face shows it - but he doesn't put on a mask or happy face - he just takes a snapshot. He works in a fast-food restaurant - viewed by many as a job for pimpled faced teenagers, immigrants, and ex-cons. But Loyd isn't aware of any of that and just says what he is "server at Dairy Queen". And most "Lloyd Boyds" would likely change their name, use initials or some nickname. But this Lloyd Boyd is just Lloyd Boyd.

So on the real facebook most everybody (except maybe GarageDoor) would whizz by his entry without giving a second thought, surely not clicking "add friend" (I admittedly would). Lloyd might be a great guy, or not, but would never get the chance to present himself because he's low on the social hierarchy and too "stupid" to lie about it.

But when his facebook request is transformed into a painting - I think our perceptions/feelings change as the medium changes. We may snicker or shake our heads but the "pathetic" figure soon endears our sympathy. As a painting we're now looking at it from a different angle, perspective and we have a "there but for the grace of God go I" moment.

Artchrispy
08-20-2019, 07:30 PM
Kay, Gdoor, thanks for dropping by, much appreciated.

I wanted Lloyd Boyd to be the least likely person to be added as a friend - without making the painting seem like a parody or sitcom.

So I created an average guy who is -totally honest, and totally socially unaware. So instead of posting a picture of himself in a suit and tie, or rock climbing - he just looks in the camera and takes snapshot - still wearing his DQ workshirt. He wants desperately to make friends and his face shows it - but he doesn't put on a mask or happy face - he just takes a snapshot. He works in a fast-food restaurant - viewed by many as a job for pimpled faced teenagers, immigrants, and ex-cons. But Loyd isn't aware of any of that and just says what he is "server at Dairy Queen". And most "Lloyd Boyds" would likely change their name, use initials or some nickname. But this Lloyd Boyd is just Lloyd Boyd.

So on the real facebook most everybody (except maybe GarageDoor) would whizz by his entry without giving a second thought, surely not clicking "add friend" (I admittedly would). Lloyd might be a great guy, or not, but would never get the chance to present himself because he's low on the social hierarchy and too "stupid" to lie about it.

But when his facebook request is transformed into a painting - I think our perceptions/feelings change as the medium changes. We may snicker or shake our heads but the "pathetic" figure soon endears our sympathy. As a painting we're now looking at it from a different angle, perspective and we have a "there but for the grace of God go I" moment.

If you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend an episode of Black Mirror called Nosedive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosedive_(Black_Mirror)

It's about a not so distant future where people rate one another in real time after interpersonal interactions (like we already do to businesses on Google etc. ) The people with the higher ratings get the better jobs, apartments, preferences for medical care etc. Lloyd wouldn't /won't have a prayer in this near futuristic society.