Kay, Gdoor, thanks for dropping by, much appreciated.
Originally Posted by Artchrispy
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.