Essay / Avant-Garde

Driveway Flat Cat

Cat on the sidewalk copy Three thoughts on “Driveway Flat Cat.”

1. The title may sound like a tragedy, but it’s actually a pretty happy thing: A sidewalk chalk sketch of a cheerful bipedal feline, possibly wearing clothes, possibly jumping up off of the curved blue line beneath him.

2. Art on paper is tame and easily warehoused, but this is art in the wild: Out in the elements, undomesticated, free-range art. It is estimated that three-quarters of the world’s art exists in this form.

3. What you are looking at is a website image of a digital photo of a chalk drawing of the idea of a cat in the mind of a six year old based loosely on real cats but mostly on other cartoon cats. Whoa.

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