(A homage to the 25th Anniversary of Pulp Fiction)
36” x 48” (91cm x 122cm)
Oil and acrylic on archival wood panel
On the surface the painting is an ode to the days of renting VHS tapes from the local video store. On a closer look though, the piece is embedded with a number of references to one of my all-time fave movies, Pulp Fiction (1994). The quote running vertically on the case label is from when Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) has an epiphany about his life path while eating at the diner with Vincent Vega (John Travolta). He proclaims he is going to quit his job and just 'walk the earth'. The time on the bottom left references a flashing VCR but is also the time on the gold watch that Capt Koons (Christopher Walken) presents to a young Butch (Bruce Willis) as he tells the origin story of the watch. The toy soldier atop the tape references Butch’s great grandfather, grandfather and father, all of whom carried the watch during their service. Lastly there is the address near the top of the case. This is the address of the original Blockbuster Video in my hometown of Muskego, Wisconsin. A place where I meandered up and down the aisles and rifled through stacks of ‘recently returned’ in hopes of finding some gem like Lost Boys to watch over the weekend. The date below the address is the day Pulp Fiction was released on VHS.
The painting was originally displayed at Gallery 1988 in LA as part of a 90’s themed group show containing work inspired by pop culture of the decade.
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