Since a Florida jury acquitted him of all charges in shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has gotten two tickets for his driving and has been arrested twice for domestic violence, once against his wife (they’ve since filed for divorce). and once against his new girlfriend. Charges were dropped in both DV cases, and he has had to pay fines for the moving violations.
The former Neighborhood Watch failure is now turning to art to deal with his issues. And presumably to raise some money, since he’s selling it on eBay. I can’t think of a gallery that would carry this tripe.
I asked noted art critic and gallerist Mat Gleason, whose magazine Coagula made waves (and had subscribers like John Waters and David Bowie) for his opinion. Gleason, who has taught me a lot about art and the art world, owns the acclaimed avant-garde gallery Coagula Curatorial, still publishes Coagula, and continues to write art criticism. Here’s his take:
This is the kind of painting that makes George Bush look like Rembrandt. This is either traced from a Photoshop printout or copied with hack exactitude. But it is a painting about conformity and is painted in a comformist style. Extremely un-American when you think about it. The only thing it gets points for is the monochrome, which saves it from being tacky and loud (which would actually make it more American), but the monochromie is the best asset of the rigid-minded, reinforced with stupid text of course because art must be literal in the minds of the simpletons.
But hey, it is on canvas so therefore it is art, right. I wasn’t reflexively morose over the Zimmerman verdict but the smiley face after his comment about staying indoors warrants the death penalty for this scumbag in my humble opinion. What a cruel twerp.
The bids were low, at $330, then suddenly jumped to $15,000. Seriously? Yuck. Here’s what Zimmerman had to say about his “art.”
First hand painted artwork by me, George Zimmerman. Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself. I found a creative, way to express myself, my emotions and the symbols that represent my experiences. My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors :-) I hope you enjoy owning this piece as much as I enjoyed creating it. Your friend, George Zimmerman.