Quentin Tarantino vs. the Coen Brothers: Fine Art Deathmatch
|Steve Seeley's "Four Eyes"|
The resulting walls are lined floor to ceiling with likenesses of Jeff Bridges and Steve Buscemi, guns, vulvas, and blood spatters. The show incites viewers to ask those deep questions art is supposed to inspire: What blunt-trauma weapon would you rather arm yourself with, a captive bolt pistol or a mace? Is Uma Thurman sultrier as a coked-out dancing queen in Pulp Fiction or as a vengeful yellowjacket in Kill Bill?
More interesting, however, than pitting Tarantino against the Coens was the treasure hunt for parallels between their films. One piece that caught my eye was a two-panel set of portraits by Evanimal featuring Big Dan (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Rooster Cogburn (True Grit).
|Evanimal's portraits inspired by Coen films.|
My favorite pieces went a step beyond rote fandom and adapted the black humor of the chosen film to the two-dimensional surface. San Francisco's own Serge Gay Jr. made an impression with his take on Reservoir Dogs, in which he painted the cast with canine heads. There's an eerily close resemblance between the Mr. Pink dog and Steve Buscemi.
|The Reservoir Dogs, courtesy of San Francisco's Serge Gay, Jr.|
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