We have this really awful county fair that comes through every year, and...I never miss it. I love all of it! I love the carny that is jacked up on some kind of crank that's running the toddler rides with a cigarette butt dangling precariously from his lower lip. I love the home-spun antics of the local "comedian" who also, incidentally, has a habit of leering at underage girls. I also love how the carnival has come into the 21st century with the addition of the fried Snickers bar ( yeah, that's real...I didn't make it up).
What I like most is how it reminds me that super-science and flying cars are not going to invade our lives as soon as Scientific American would have us believe. Seriously, the people who flock to this event are not going to have the problem of discerning the virtual world with the digital world ( from the book The Age of Spiritual MachinesWhen Computers Exceed Human Intelligenceby Ray Kurzweil ). Ol' Ray apparently hasn't visited his local Wal-Mart in a while. I really want things to slow down.
"Popcorn No.2", 2006
6" x 6", oil on cradled Masonite
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