What is art? That is what a cat named Rupurrr wants to know. That is all she wants to know. She lives at this gallery and is challenging her human, Colin Hurley, to paint better by making an art show about cats expressing themselves through drag. This pride month comes at time where drag queens are being attacked by certain politicians, and Rupurrr and Colin Hurley, through collaboration, intend to show that humans are not the only ones who do drag well. This will be about paintings of cats in drag outfits but there will be no cats actually in drag. Because cats only like the idea of being in drag. They prefer to be naked. Colin Hurley is a sad, pathetic, human painter that a regal cat named Rupurrr decided adopt and teach how to really paint. Colin has done many art shows about cats trying to make it in the art world, but no cat has wanted to hang out with Colin Hurley much for the past 25 years. It's funny how Colin Hurley has identified as "The Painter of Cats" for all his 25 years of painting(he is now 40), but until Rupurrr's adoption of him, he has really truly been disregarded as an artist or even just as a worthy fool by the cat community. Colin Hurley has been doing tribute art shows to cats at galleries about 10 years ago starting with "Let's Hear It For The Cat!", "the cat pARTy", "Feline Trouble", "Haunted By A Cat", and "Colin Hurley's Cat-astrophe!". Rupurrr has never been impressed by anything like this, nor should anyone, she says. But the truth is, Rupurrr is a very good cat. She's very angelic in her personallity. She will be hiding on her throne upstairs from the art show and only certain mortals will be able to meet her, if that, she says. Christine Thompson will be curating the paintings. Rupurrr's instagram is @rupurrr and Colin's is @thepainterofcats. Colin Hurley's website is colinhurley.com. Rupurrr has been a practicing cat for the past four years and intends to rule the art world. More than she does already, that is.
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Right now at 2727 California Street Gallery in Berkeley, California, there is a group art show that is really good. What really stood out to me in this show is one artist who does broken color paintings and has this one painting of of Van Gogh. Also there was an artist named Janet Brugos who talked to me about her art. Her art featured faces with beautiful abstract backgrounds. Anyhow, I loved this show.
Recently at the Savage Mystic Gallery in Reno, Nevada, I saw a art show featuring a Oakland artist named Rory Terrell. In this show, Rory shows art that is beautiful and yet shows the horrors of oil pollution. Inside of his gold frames, he shows literally Oil and Earth within two pieces of plexiglass that create a landscape-like effect.
Several weeks ago I visited Part 2 Gallery in Oakland for the first time. There are two doors two this gallery and I was able to visit in one of them. I know an artist named Sam Spano who is part of this gallery and I know that this gallery is very popular due to it's in the events section in Juxtapoz magazine. It seems like a new gallery but I could be wrong. I liked the show. It's been a few weeks but I remember seeing vibrant abstract paintings at the front of the gallery and realistic interesting paintings at the back of the gallery. Sam Spano is an awesome guy. I lived with him at a art house in Oakland for a little bit and he seems to be getting famous. While Sam Spano and me lived at the same art house, he worked at Donut Farm and worked on his brilliant paintings of the figure.