Art a la Candyass
Cary S. Leibowitz, who goes by the name of Candyass, has been making art for 20 years. I recently came across three examples of his work in the Photography gallery of the Art Institute’s new Modern Wing. I wish I could have taken pictures of them, but the volunteers there would have wrestled me to the ground and shipped me off to who knows where. OK, maybe not, but they sure expressed their disdain for me talking on my cellphone in quite forceful terms, so who knows what they were actually capable of.
Anyway, back to the Candyass stuff. The pieces I saw had a “I could have done that” quality to them, and so I think I am going to do that, and post the results here when I’m done. In the meantime, you can make the same kind of art Candyass did in five easy steps:
1. Go to a Chinese restaurant and order your favorite dish (I usually like Mu Shu anything if I can get it).
2. Save the fortune from the fortune cookie they give you, and head to the nearest mall or tourist attraction.
3. Find a do-it-yourself photo booth (must take 4 separate pictures) and pose for all four shots by yourself. But be sure to look serious in them (absolutely NO smiles are allowed!)
4. Take the fortune from step 2 and paste it in the middle of the four pictures, so that 2 pictures are above the fortune, and 2 are below it.
5. Take your new creation home and put it up on a wall someplace. I know it won’t be in a museum or anything, but it will at least give you a chance to either a) plug this blog or b) use the word “Candyass” in your explanation to a bewildered friend or family member.
And remember to have fun with it!