This is a new series of posts where one of the esteemed boys from LTB will try to give a frank and emotional response to a random piece of art. This isn’t a critique – just an explanation of how art affects us individually. Yeah – four of us are single, so whatever.
Here we have a piece called “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Japanese artist Hokusai. I’m pretty old, so I’ve seen this painting a few times in my life. I’ve always liked it and yet been almost indifferent to it. Sometimes art either grabs your soul by the tits or just does nothing, and this one doesn’t do much for me. Other than conjuring up memories of being on the ocean in the “near” east (Hawaii), it does little to relate to my personal experience. That being said, I would TOTALLY put it in a sweet frame over my fireplace as the perfect backstory to the lie I’m telling this girl. “Yeah, baby – I lived in Osaka for about twelve years. You know what I loved about Japanese girls?” And so on.
The bottom line is this: It’s a cool painting with a nice color palette, but other than that, there aren’t any real emotions being evoked within my psyche. I mean…it’s a fucking wave on the ocean, right?