Painting of teens partying with Morrissey

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Derek Erdman made this fine painting titled "Fortunate Teens Party With Morrissey, 1994." Here's Erdman's background on the piece:
There is a seldom told story that Morrissey's tour bus broke down in small town Ohio in the autumn of 1994. A full day was necessary for the repairs to be completed and Morrissey and his band delighted local teenaged fans by stopping by a house party to drink beer and smoke marijuana. "It was the time of my life," remarks Tamara Marshall, who was hosting the party. "My parents were out of town and I was told not to have a party, but once Morrissey showed up I knew I wasn't going to be a secret for long." When asked what she remembered most about Morrissey's visit, Tamara answered, "He didn't like Rolling Rock beer".
Fortunate Teens Party With Morrissey, 1994 (Thanks, Richard Metzger!)

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  1. congratulations, you saw through the lies
    seriously, look at the rest of the pictures in the set!

  2. Danback: What other pictures in the set? I see no linkage.

    Choxielove, care to set the record straight?

  3. just sayin, if you are gonna make up a funny back-story you could at least base it in some type of truth.

    seen mozzer 19 times since 1992! im a loser!

  4. “just sayin, if you are gonna make up a funny back-story you could at least base it in some type of truth.”

    To this I will simply reply: NO, YOU ARE WRONG.

    Derek Erdman

  5. Idea = AWESOME

    Execution = slightly less awesome

    I usually like it when artists remix vintage clip-art into new work (and I recognize the lady on the right from a vintage clip-art collection I own) but the inconsistent line weights in this painting really bother me, not to mention the fact that the perspectives of the couch and coffee table don’t match.

    I apologize in advance for being a critical asshole. It is an unfortunate result of having gone to one of the many ridiculously overpriced art schools in America where I spent 4 years learning that everything anyone has ever done is horrible and can easily be torn apart by a bitter professor who didn’t get his morning cup of coffee.

  6. Danbeck: Sorry, that should have been directed at Historyman68. I’m lookin’ for more pictures in this set. (How did I lose track with only two comments?)

  7. It’s just another current art piece that has nothing going for it other than a gimmick. The juxtaposition is very funny.

    Now what?

  8. Is this really a painting? It says acrylic on wood, but the image above sure doesn’t look like acrylic on wood. Does he plan his images on the computer first?

  9. Rolling Rock _is_ crap. It’s what teenagers in OH drink for beer. Teenager beer tastes=ICK…

  10. #10
    Whats wrong with a beer that tastes good to teenagers?

    When i was 14 i had great time drinking Rolling Rock out in the woods.

    Do you begrudge be me those good times?

    (yes i am originally from Ohio btw)

  11. I’m all for slacker art. I’m one myself. But things like this are the exact reason I push myself so hard to learn how to imitate reality…

    Think how amazing this would be as a realist painting…

  12. What bugs me is that the phone that the “teen” on the right is talking into has only part of a cord, and no actual phone. That’s just odd or sloppy.

    Also, in NY, we drank Gennessey Cream Ale instead of Rolling Rock. Their old tag line was, “The taste of the great outdoors in a glass.” Yes. It tastes as bad as dirt, grass, bugs, cat poop and tarmac.

    But we drank it. And were glad.

  13. @ andyhavens

    My interpretation of the phone is that it is sitting on a low table on the other side of the sofa and you can only see the part pulled over the top of the sofa by the girl. I doubt the artist simply forgot to paint in the rest of the phone.

  14. My favorite part is the girl wearing a swimsuit. In the autumn. In Ohio. Everything else about it is tied for “least favorite”.

  15. Is Morrisey about to be executed? It appears that he is kneeling in front of the couch with his hands tied behind his back.

  16. Well Derek, I think it’s wonderful, whatever all these other people say. And I have never met a European who liked Rolling Rock beer. It is barely even beer. It’s about half a step above fizzy water.

  17. @#23Pantograph:

    Is Morrisey about to be executed? It appears that he is kneeling in front of the couch with his hands tied behind his back.

    Actually, he’s sinking knee-deep in a hole that’s forming under his feet. Furthermore, the flooring is made of some kind of elastic material which is slowly pulling the furniture down into the hole too. This is why the couch is tilted slightly forward and the table tilted slightly back.

    Perhaps the artist finds Morrissey so awesome that he believes him capable of creating black holes of cool in peoples’ living rooms. Perhaps the black hole’s time-dilation effect explains why the “teens” look older than teens, and why they appear to be from an earlier era than the 1990s? The disappearing phone chord indicates the event horizon, beyond which communication is impossible.

    I’m liking this picture a lot more now.

  18. I’m disturbed. This woman on the phone does not look like a teenager to me. And whom is she calling anyway? And why is that bong so clean? Also, I doubt that Morrisey would go to some house in Ohio where people eat meat. Obviously, the females in this painting are not vegetarians. You can tell. Don’t kid yourself, okay?

    Aside from these concerns, I am totally blown away. A nerve has been struck, big time. I love Morrisey and Ohio and teens more than anything. I am not alone.

  19. In regard to questions of verisimilitude, would Morrisey wear a double breasted jacket? If he did, would he choose a dull pink one? I very much doubt it.

  20. Phikus – I care to tell you I am madly in love with you!
    Morrissey, however, does come in a close second.

    and hellz yeah he would wear a pink double breasted jacket!

  21. Morrissey’s ego would never have allowed this supposed event to happen. Also, as has been said before, this looks like clip art. Weak concept, poor execution. Inserting a celebrity into your bad art doesn’t somehow make it genius.

  22. “Also, as has been said before, this looks like clip art. Weak concept, poor execution. Inserting a celebrity into your bad art doesn’t somehow make it genius.”

    You can say that again!

  23. I know the artist – he made a portrait of Ol’ Dirty Bastard for me. I think it’s just wonderful and everybody comments on it when they walk into my living room.

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