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George Zimmerman is on a roll. First he gets acquitted of murder; then he gets away with domestic violence; then he gets his guns back (all five of them); and now bids for a painting he made are up to $99,966 on eBay. Is there anything this man can’t do?!
Yesterday, when Gawker wrote about the artwork, which had been floating around the web at the time, the offers were a whopping $212.50, which didn’t sound particularly noteworthy. But in the less-than-24-hours since then, there seems to have been a veritable bidding war, as someone is now offering nearly $100,000 — and there are still three days left. I shudder to think how high this will go.
The latex-paint-on-canvas work shows a waving American flag — à la Shutterstock — in muted blue tones. “GOD” is written in a stripe at the top, and under it, the words “ONE NATION” — get it?! Then, below that, “with LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.” I think we can safely say this is least inspired/least self-aware/most unoriginal/most horribly ironic painting in history.
Zimmerman, it seems, is taking a page from the George W. Bush playbook — turn negative media attention positive with art! There is a small silver lining here, though: in his description of the piece, Zimmerman writes:
Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself. I found a creative, way to express myself, my emotions and the symbols that represent my experiences. My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors 🙂
At least if he stays indoors, theoretically, fewer people will get hurt.
h/t NY Mag
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