gauvin: “i couldn’t see the bored”
I always loved this mixed media artwork of gauvin’s …the inventiveness of it and the message…
It was my favorite so you can imagine how pleased I was when he gave it to me as a thank you for believing in him… and for being his friend…and for all I had done for him.
that’s Eartha Kitt in the right corner sitting in for gauvin’s mom…and there’s a red rooster in the far right bottom…
My nearly nine year old son is fascinated by the mixed media–how he incorporates the pieces of toys and that he’s actually painting, screwing, and gluing the parts onto a chalkboard.
You can imagine my disappointment when he told me he wanted it back. I was afraid he’d try to sell it to get drugs. He finally told me he wanted to give to his mom…that’s her down there in the right corner at the house (probably sitting on the edge of the bed with her red bedspread).
We made an arrangement for mutual friends to ship it to his mom. But that didn’t happen before he died.
I so can relate to this piece that I selfishly still want it. I will offer it to his family on Sunday at the Memorial. If they want it, I will freely give it to them. If they don’t want it, I will offer to buy it back.
I spent much of yesterday afternoon researching this post–taking photographs of the piece, looking for the original of the Eartha Kitt image, listening and watching videos of gauvin, Earth Kitt and Chuck Willis to choose which to feature in this post. I also listened to hours of Nina Simone today: gauvin was a huge fan.
Here’s gauvin doing a piece about his mother:
And here’s Earth Kitt doing the St Louis Blues:
Finally, Chuck Willis “What’s Your Name”:
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