Untitled (Courage, May It Be Common), 2015
Silkscreen, 22 x 30 inches
Courtesy of Electric Works
Framing courtesy of Sticks Picture Framing and Art
Retail Value: $1,000
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This animated silkscreen work by prominent author and editor Dave Eggers, Untitled (Courage: May It Be Common), 2015 is from a larger project undertaken in the last few years. Pairing drawings of various animals with simple text, Eggers engages his viewers in a humorous, philosophical dialogue. Says Eggers of the pieces, “These paintings evolved to include an array of mammals, and an array of dialogues. Sometimes the animals question their existence or purpose. Sometimes a passage from the Old Testament surrounds them and in some way gives them a sense of mission, but usually there exists tension between the animal and an unseen God, and in all cases I try to bring out the soul of the animal in some way.”
For most of his youth, author/editor Dave Eggers was an aspiring painter. After college, he was a cartoonist and illustrator for dozens of magazines and newspapers. In 2008, he curated a show for apexart (a nonprofit art gallery in New York) featuring the works of René Magritte, Francisco Goya, Andy Warhol, David Shrigley, Kurt Vonnegut, Shel Silverstein, Raymond Pettibon, and many others.