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But are you bad enough?


It is one of my great regrets that I never visited the Museum of Bad Art when I was in the States. It’s in the basement of a movie theater in Somerville, Mass. I had a job right around the corner; I could’ve nipped out at lunch.

But with a gargantuan sigh of relief I note — nothing of mine has made it into the collection. Yet.

When I moved, see, my studio was a complete mess, so the real estate agent suggested I take out everything I wanted to keep and let the disposal guys hoover out the rest while I was out of town. Less traumatic for me. Lots and lots of bad early Weasels ended up in the dumpster, or worse.

On May 6, they’re hosting a free event inviting the public to bring along horrible art for evaluation. You have to think anything truly MOBA-worthy will be something somebody plucked from the trash. No genuinely awful artist is capable of recognizing his own horror; quality blindness is a necessary prerequisite.

Anyway, do spend some time browsing their collection and reading the captions. Never fails to cheer me up!

Oh, and happy National Tea Day. We celebrated by buying a teapot today!

Nah, not really. We bought a teapot today because Elbows here knocked the old one over and smashed it earlier this week. Good weekend, all!


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 21, 2017, 7:25 pm

It’s the Queen’s birthday. Shouldnt you be out buying a queen? This one, however, looks like she will last another 10 years or more.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 21, 2017, 7:57 pm

Ballistic tea cozy, that’s what you need.

“It’s the queens birthday” was my father-in-law’s usual excuse for a glass of bourbon.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: April 21, 2017, 8:11 pm

The Bell Curve tells us that no matter how bad your art is, there is someone out there who is worse.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: April 21, 2017, 10:08 pm

Can’t be *that* bad, I can tell it’s a cat!…looks like he has a little fish floating in front of him :+)

Comment from feynmangroupie
Time: April 21, 2017, 10:16 pm

I keep thinking about buying one of those electric thingamabobs that heats the water to boiling in about a minute and then I just think about something else while I’m nuking my water for tea. Is it legal to use the microwave in England for tea? Or will they force you to parade around with a sandwich board detailing your sin and having used tea bags thrown at you?

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 21, 2017, 10:24 pm

Ooooooohh. Museum of Bad Art! I might have to go! Maybe I’ll talk one of my friends into going out for drinks first! It might make the stuff tolerable. Frankly, after having attended several shows over the last couple of years at the Institute of Contemporary Art (it’s only 1/4 mile from my place), I doubt that I’ll find much difference in the quality of the “art.” I confess that most contemporary art leaves me looking for the nearest bar so I can drink to forget that I just paid to see that shit.

Comment from Allen
Time: April 22, 2017, 6:30 am

Heaven help me, but I like the cat picture and I have no idea why. I’d name that picture “Beria’s Cat.” It looks murderous and paranoid enough.

“Hey where did you get the cat.”
“I got him from a shelter.”
“Which one?”
“The Lubyanka.”

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 22, 2017, 8:12 am

Oh, I can never keep track. Is it the Queen’s actual birthday, or the day we celebrate the Queen’s birthday? I suspect the former, because not a lot of fuss has been made here.

Comment from drew458
Time: April 22, 2017, 8:38 pm

“Murderous and paranoid”? Well, I was going to say the cat looks Scottish. PO’d and wearing a kilt.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: April 23, 2017, 6:32 am

It’s the actual, rather than official one. Here in Costa Rica the UK Embassy throws a fête/garden party in April called The Queen’s Birthday Party. It’s a very clever bit of flag-waving and outreach and also really good fun. They usually manage to raise $30,000 or so for local schools which goes down well. I ran the beer tent for a few years but not now I’m off the sauce.

Comment from Janna
Time: April 24, 2017, 2:56 pm

Can we get a Mad Jack update? He still getting beat up by the neighborhood bully?

Comment from Jon
Time: April 24, 2017, 5:40 pm

I’ve been. Tiny little basement. The little notes for each piece of “artwork” are hilarious.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 25, 2017, 5:52 am

Isn’t the Queen’s birthday celebrated in June? I lived Down Under donkeys years ago and I recall that it was the last holiday weekend we could take the boat to the lake before winter set in.

I read the Jack post and scrolled down to this one and the expression is spot on…my cat gave me that exact look today regarding the quantity of crunchies in her bowl.

Poor Jack. I had the same situation when a new cat moved into the neighborhood. There’s really nothing one can do…they have to work it out, or not.

My female cat is the epitome of a scaredy cat and decided to become an indoor cat and is quite content by the fire or in a sunny window sill.

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