Listen: A Message to the Artist

Is your art only yours?

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Transcript of Layer Cake Podcast Episode #3

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Layer Cake presents "A Message to the Artist"

Produced by Portmanteau Theater Radio Drama and Nine Brains Studios

Oh! Hi there. Glad you dropped by.

Yes, I’m painting a picture. No, please stay. I’m almost finished. Really, I will be done in just a minute.

You look rather pensive. Don’t you like it? What is it, you ask?

Well, I thought I’d try my hand at what people call “modern art.” I’ve seen a lot of it, especially lately, and I thought, “Why not?” That’s the reason it’s rather hard to see what I was thinking.

The blue lines? Ok, those are all the feelings. Whose feelings? Well, mine, yours, everybody’s. I used the water, water color paints, since we can drown in those if we’re not careful.

The red dots? Those are all the reasons people feel the feelings, all the “causes” for pain, love, joy, and sacrifice. I sprayed those, so they’d look like blood. Yes, I know I nailed that one.

The white in between? Yes, I’m going to leave it like that. Well, you see, it represents all the potential. That’s what could happen. I mean white is always a blank canvas. A space where you can do anything, go in any direction. It’s the place for something new, something even better because we always have choices. See? So many colors here to choose from. If you count what you could blend, they really run the gamut.

You think it’s brilliant? All that and a bag of chips? Really? Thank you! You’d buy it? Wow! Well, thank you for saying that. You’re very sweet. But it is really huge. Yeah, it’s heavy too. No, you’re right. The two of us aren't strong enough to put it in your car. Ok, maybe later then. It needs to dry anyway.

Wait, what? You’d add a couple of stick figures? Where? Right here? Oh, only if it were yours, you mean? Okay.


Well, hey! Why not? Go ahead. Here, take a brush. Yes, I’m serious. I mean it. Have at it! Go ahead, show me what you've got. How about the black? Or maybe the green? I remember you’re head over heels for green.

Ahhh! Nice. Thank you. It’s even better now. It’s gone up at least a dollar, wouldn’t you say? Really, I mean it; I love it. Now, I’ll buy it from you!

Hey, you want some coffee? I have tea too. I need a little breather anyway. Fresh paint makes me dizzy. Let’s sit down and catch up.

I wrote a letter to JonOne. Who’s that, you ask? JohnOne is the artist of the abstract painting that is on display in that Korean shopping mall. Yes, right, that’s the one that a couple painted on because they thought adding paint to it was the intention of the exhibit.

I can’t say I blame them. I mean, there were brushes and cans of fresh paint around it and those types of activities have been really popular in public spaces during the past few years. Besides, what a lovely moment of sheer enthusiasm!

Oh, but I know, of course, how embarrassing for them. They were arrested and they may have to foot the bill. Yes, I heard the artist wants it to be restored, but he doesn’t want them to be burdened financially. That’s thoughtful of him, I suppose.

However, since it’s going to be very expensive, the exhibitor’s insurance company wants the couple to pay at least part of the bill, so that is what will likely happen if the painting is restored. Yes, if. That’s right, it hasn’t been restored yet.

Can I read my letter to you? I’ll share what I’ve got so far.

Dear JonOne,