Silly me, I don’t know why I didn’t have the idea sooner, but it only occurred to be yesterday 30th November, the day before the start, Rick’s Fast Art Advent Foodbank. It would have been possible if I’d had the idea only a week ago, but by the time I had done the initial thinking around it, there just wasn’t enough time to do it satisfactorily by today.
Here you can see my notes, not drawn on the back of a fag packet but on the back of a packet of indigestion tablets. I sometimes think I’m living in a Dickens novel..
Having thought through all the possibilities, I settled upon a series of 24 videos showing me hand drawing a series of different of tinned foods (as a nod to Andy Warhol) and a scanned drawing of each would be published each day along with the video. And on Christmas Eve, I would publish a print of all 24 that could be bought, with the money donated to a local foodbank.
However, I had the idea whilst working yesterday and didn’t get home until 8pm. What’s more, it’s a long time since I did any cartoon drawing. I used to be okay at it. Not brilliant, but okay, but I haven’t done much of that in recent years and I’m a bit rusty. Also, my work room is in a state of flux, or another word sounding similar, and it would have take me all day to get it set up with the video camera and the lighting and do the drawing and capture the video and edit the video and scan the drawing and write a “brilliant” blog post to go with it and do all the social media etc etc etc. And not least, I need to get my drawing back up to scratch to even approach remotely satisfying result.
I did think of just photographing real tins of food and applying a filter to make them look hand drawn or hand painted, but that would require a computer of smartphone which is not in keeping with the anyone-can-do-it ethos of fast-art, and it would not be as satisfying for me or my audience.
And so, this morning, I reluctantly decided against even attempting it. I’m disappointed that I didn’t think of it sooner, but more importantly and more disappointingly, it would not have made any difference if I had.
I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be boycotting Woody Allen these days, but here is an appropriate segment from “Manhattan” (1979 Woody Allen).
The truth is, even if I had achieved my Rick’s Fast Art Advent Foodbank in time, my “devastating satire” is not going to make any fucking difference at all. I don’t approve of using bricks and baseball bats to solve problems, unless it is building houses or winning the World Series, but if I want to help a local foodbank, I might be better advised to cut out the middle-man (or the middle-artist) and just give them some food. It’s a harsh truth to face that art is not going to solve our problems, doing the stuff that needs doing is what is going to solve our problems.
An even more disturbing irony is that, I now have a whole year’s notice to get Rick’s Fast Art Advent Foodbank done for next year, as I am certain that the issue will be just as urgent at the beginning of December 2018.