DOWN TIME, 2011
Acrylic on canvas
Purchase through funds provided by patrons of the Third Annual Collectors Evening, 2012

The title DOWN TIME suggests leisure time spent away from the toils of everyday life. Here it might also suggest a word play that refers to the gravitational downward pull of the painting’s imagery. KAWSBOB’s face is shown in extreme close-up; barely discernable through the disorderly tumbling of rectangular forms, his eyes are recognizable by the colorful Xs, while his teeth become part of the geometric abstraction of forms in the lower portion of the painting. KAWS includes an allusion to the artist H. C. Westermann’s character of an old sea captain—shown in yellow on the right—as the skipper of a ghost ship that gives this painting a dark aura.