These days it is rare to come by a truly inspired work of art. But emerging canine artist “Jack” has seemingly done the impossible: created today’s remarkable find, this Half-Chewed Cole Haan Wingtip by Emerging Canine Artist, Left Shoe, Size 11.5D:
If you haven’t heard of Jack, read on – this is taken from the listing, which also can be read in its entirety here:
“About the Artist
Jack has been active for some time in the world of artistic defacement popularized by prominent figures such as Banksy. However, only recently have his works received critical acclaim through public notoriety and the rise of social media. He is a two-year-old Dalmatian mix who started his life on the streets of rural Virginia before being detained by a county animal control facility and then adopted by his current owner, whose many possessions have become blank canvases for Jack’s defacement techniques. Some of his earlier performance and mixed-media works include Berber Carpet Removal, 400-Thread-Count Sheet Shredding No. 1, A Million Pieces of a Bluetooth Headset, Exposing the Mysterious Innards of a Couch Cushion, Urinating on My Owner’s Sister’s Bed, Freeing of the Garbage from the Shackles of the Glad Bag, and of course, the well-known 400-Thread-Count Sheet Shredding No. 2. “
The piece is meticulously described in the listing as well:
“Introducing Half-Chewed Cole Haan Wingtip by the emerging canine artist, Jack. This unique presentation of a meticulously destroyed dress shoe is the first of its kind by Jack. The piece features absent toe and vamp portions of the shoe, removed through a secret chewing process, known only by the artist, with razor-like precision but requiring brute strength. The shoe has been severed painstakingly from the upper fine-grain leather through the inner lining to the bottom sole. Half-Chewed exhibits only the finest craftsmanship, as is characteristic of works by Jack. For the performance aspect of the piece, the artist ingested the dissected portion of the shoe. In a post-modern twist on interdisciplinary performance art, there was no audience for his act of passion.
The work has been interpreted by contemporary art critics as a statement on class in the wake of the American recession, a painful and complex subject for the modern American dog. Due to the nature of the artist’s process, the collector who places the winning bid will no doubt hear gasps of “How in the hell?,” “Oh my God,” and “Was he using a chainsaw?” upon displaying the piece.”
The listing has garnered a lot of attention from artists, art-aficionados, artistic types, and other ne’er-do-wells. The seller answers numerous tough questions in the “Questions and Answers” section of the listing. These answers provide further insight into Jack’s mindset, especially about how the U.S. Government shutdown will affect the artist. Take this Q&A, for instance:
|Q:||I wonder where Jack gets his motivation. My own canine companion seems completely uninterested in this creative form of expression. Instead, he spends most of his time sleeping, eating and pooping. Any ideas where Jack gets his creative muse?||Oct-09-13|
|A:||While Jack enjoys his share of eating, sleeping and pooping as well, he is also quite passionate about world issues. He once emptied a drawer of socks and arranged them for an installation in remembrance of U.S./Soviet relations during the Cold War. However, for this piece Jack has remained quiet on his motivation. I can say that he’s rejecting dog treats until the government shutdown is resolved.|
Finally, the seller has this to say:
“This listing is only for the artist rendering of the left shoe. The right shoe is reserved for a well-dressed amputee. The artwork will be packaged in a presentation-worthy box for the winning bidder. Proceeds from the sale of Half-Chewed will be applied to replacing items destroyed for the sake of canine art. “
Thanks to seller mister_now for providing such an amusing and interesting listing. We wish Jack well in his future endeavors, and look forward to seeing his work recognized for what it is!