|American Gothic by Grant Wood.|
Grant Wood's other works are obscure. Perhaps for a reason. At the solo exhibit at the Whitney, this painting caught my attention:
|Grant Wood painting of George Washington|
I stared at the central theme - a young George Washington brandishing an ax after cutting down his pop's cherry tree. "I cannot tell a lie," he blabbers. Not sure what all the fuss was about. This tell-all gambit seems like a totally straightforward best move, given that young George has just been caught brandishing an ax in the middle of the yard.
Let's zoom in on the action:
|Zooming in on young George|
Aha. Now I see what is so peculiar.
If little George is so smart, why is he out cutting down cherry trees in satin ballet shoes? Not only are these a genuinely bad idea for ax-work, but they're also a crappy get-away choice.
I eyeballed this rendering of our founding father with a giant WTF dangling over my head. And a song came roaring out of my subconscious. It became the soundtrack for the whole damn day. As a result, I am not happy with Brad Neely. Or Grant Wood.