Sunday, February 22, 2009

the mysterious cube

the mysterious cube , 2009

24" x 24" , oil on canvas

This painting is available at the Judy Saslow gallery

I saw a commercial for the Inspiration Cafe in Chicago tonight during the "Oscars". This was cool because I received the first place award in their 16th annual juried exhibition on March 13 . Even more weird is the fact that my show at Judy Saslow gallery titled "Fresh Faces 2009" is also on March 13. The piece that I won the juried exhibition will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Inspiration Cafe on the night of the show. The Inspiration Cafe corporation is a wonderful organization that fights homelessness in a multi-tiered fashion through education and the provision of food and housing. I am very lucky to be able to contribute a little in their good work.

My favorite episode of "The Adventures of Superman" is The Mysterious Cube. In this episode, there's a criminal-killer guy who seals himself inside a cube of metal that "even Superman cannot penetrate" for seven years. The really stupid part is that everyone goes along with the idea that the guy ( who everyone knows is Mr. Robber-Killer ) will be declared dead after seven years, and thus be ineligible for prosecution. I remember even as a little kid that this didn't sound like the way it worked. So, you can go off and rob and kill a bunch of people and then hide for seven years? No, Chief Inspector Henderson.

Superman "solves" this one by consulting a local scientist who convinces him to "concentrate really hard" in order to manipulate his molecules enough to pass through the cube. See? You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Its also funny that as a kid I was willing to suspend my disbelief enough to go along with the molecule-manipulation thing by a super-human being from another world, but wouldn't bite on the "seven years-get-out-of-prosecution" thing. Pin It Now!