Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult (6) is finally hitting the Big Apple – that’s right – this year’s most anticipated cult cinema art event will be held in New York. Opening August 9th at 64 Gansevoort St. 10014 – from 6-9pm – the show will run until September 1st.
My contribution is a Pop-Art/Pop-Fusion piece titled “Hello Breakfast, Kitty Golightly” – celebrating a woman who Truman Capote called, “an American Geisha”…and he should know, since Holly Golightly is the protagonist of Capote’s celebrated book (and subsequent film) – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958).
“HELLO BREAKFAST, KITTY GOLIGHTLY” (mixed-media original, with acrylic on canvas/giclee) – Each panel is aprox 21 x 36inches
Took a few pics in my studio a few hours after completing the piece and a day or so before shipping it out to New York.
So what’s the story here? Well, before I even read that quote from Capote – I was convinced that Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a sort of “Geisha” (traditional Geisha entertain, but nothing more). And so I imagined her done up in a style that was a little Geisha/Oiran-ish like the protagonist of Sakuran, or older films like Murder in the Yoshiwara. Then I got to thinking back to the classic movie poster of Audrey/Holly where she is looking off to the side with a cute cat on her shoulder…what was she looking at? I mean, it had to be something interesting, no?
Ok…you knew I wasn’t going to just use some ordinary kitty to sit on her shoulder, right? (.=^・ェ・^=) And then who should be holding her (strawberry) Martini 且_(ﾟ◇ﾟ；)ノﾞ – none other than Uran-chan (Atom/Astro Boy’s sister) dressed in her New York finest. I used a combo glass beads and luminescent crystal medium to create the Jewelry for Holly, after digitally shaping the diamonds in advance to fit my purpose. You can also see at the top of the first panel an advert for Chanel’s new fragrance, “Golightly” which I think would be exceptionally well if it actually existed. ( ?´_ゝ｀)
You can see some of the details of Holly’s hair in this pic. A ton of easter eggs to discover in this piece but the basics are a Japanese-ish Holly Golightly, with Kitty sitting on her shoulder, look over New York’s wonderous skyline, while a Kitty-Zilla munches on Breakfast (croissants and Dim Sum! – what else?), and of course, Mayumi represents an anime Holly, flying by on her bike through Central Park. And while no one here is endorsing smoking – Holly’s cig was really more for show and so Lady Liberty pays homage by emulating this classic pose. And um…is that Queen of Japanese Cult Cinema, Kaji Meiko about to cut an apple out of that tree?
The diamonds on the sides of both pieces do indeed sparkle! Although I can’t attest to how many carats they are.
Check out the classic Chanel and Breakfast at Tiffany’s posters as part of the New York backdrop. Also, Pink Panther makes a guest appearance (this is a Blake Edward’s film, isn’t it) and some kitty from Canada seems to be lost in the water…look closely…(。⌒∇⌒)。
A couple more easter egss…hey, who is that next to Paul Varjak and Holly? (´ε｀ )♡ Hello Breakfast Club – well, you know, I wasn’t going to let that reference escape.
(sorry – the piece sold and is no longer available)