Bubbles, oil on canvas, 40” × 40”, 2009

Oil on canvas, 40” × 40”, 2009.

There is no better metaphor of vanity than a bubble. And this bubble is absolutely huge, expressing the dimension of the ambient futility (does this guy really need two drinks?). The grotesque contortion of the performer adds to the farcical effect. A grim reminder of the underlying seriousness of the matter is the story teller, sitting between a performer bubble and his symmetrical crystal bowl, clearly looping back between vanity and destiny. The dog (see “The Guitar Player”) here again escapes all the metaphors by taking these bubbles at face value.