Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fritz and the Tantrums

Coming next month is the new CATZ art show at Ltd. Gallery in Capital Hill, Seattle!

I, along with many other artists, will be presenting original pop culture art, all including cats. I myself am a dog person, but who could resist putting these grumpy little fuzz balls into their artwork?

The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat

When I chose my piece I decided to go with an older reference but felt this would be a fun character to work with. I chose to use Fritz the Cat as my subject, "A hypocritical swinging college student cat (who) raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960's".  His second film came out in 1972 and was titled The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (he was originally a comic strip but I won't get into that). The entire film revolves around him going through his nine lives and you join him while he experiences these nine alternate realities. Throughout these escapades he is constantly having sex and doing drugs, living in the 60's version of "YOLO" to the fullest extent. He's a young college kid in the late 1960's with a baby Mama, a baby to go with her, and no job. What else would a jobless college kid want to do all day besides melt their brains and have sex (did we not learn anything from Wolf of Wall St.?)?  That is why I chose to depict four variations of Fritz with him using four different drugs, cocaine, pot, alcohol and LSD.

I wouldn't want to spoil it all before the gallery opening on February 1st, but I hope you enjoy my preview photos!

...and as a bonus, here is the full LSD Fritz

Thanks! Be sure to check out all the new designs that have been added into my SOCIETY6 shop!