I wanted to bring the Still Life 69 installation back out to show again.
When I approached John Korom, owner/operator of Gallery 2622 in Wauwatosa about showing in his space, he gave me a challenge to bring new work related to the project.
Truthfully, there is so much more to the SL69 story. Jack's history alone produces story after story. Almost to the point where, at times, I feel overwhelmed.
I decided to focus on the car. What is it about a Cadillac? Status? Does it show others that you have "made it" or that you have taste?
The emblem/crest for the 1969 Cadillac uses symbolism and color to "seduce" us. Blue-Valor, White-Virtue, Red-Boldness, Gold-Riches and Black for Crusader Service. The Holy Trinity, three Merlettes on the upper left and lower right, representing the noble lineage of the Mother and Father. Counts of France, the 7 "pearls" over the crest, one for each of the royal counts of Toulouse.
The crest has seven panels on each of the halves. Could it be that they represent the 7 Deadly Sins and the contrary Virtues?
The 7 Pearls became the sins wrapped with the virtues in the Yin-Yan symbol, also similar to the number "69".
Each sin and virtue has a color assigned to it.
Lust-Blue/Chastity-White, Gluttony-Orange/Temperance-Blue, Greed-Yellow/Charity-Variety of Yellow, Sloth-Light Blue/Diligence-Green, Anger-Red/Patience-Orange, Envy-Green/Kindness-Pink and Pride-Violet/Humility-Purple.
Other symbols include an animal and punishment associated with each sin.
It took some time to research all the varied ways that this is all described. In the end, I picked up a copy of the "Canterbury Tales". The one tale in particular, "The Parson's Tale" describes the sins and consequences as well as the virtue that is the contrary to it.
Gilligan's Island, the 7 Drwarfs? Were these also referencing the sins? What about all the characters in the Still Life 69? Reading their profile you might find yourself thinking, Eddie Love, "lust". Maybe Jack was Greed? Pat G, , Anger?
I haven't gone as far as looking at my own circle of friends to check if I myself live on an island like Gilligan, Skipper and the gang.