Justin Roiland, co-creator of the beloved animated show Rick and morty, sells a painting for the first time. Auctions for the canvas – a shootout of cartoon faces, most of them hastily scribbled and dripping with dried paint – have already exceeded $ 26,000 (of an estimate of $ 15,000 to $ 20,000).
Acrylic painting on canvas, titled my friend (2021), is one of Roiland’s first efforts in the field. In his catalog entry for the part, Sotheby’s compare the work with “frenzied compositions by Jean Dubuffet from the 1960s”.
“As the title suggests, Roiland compresses visual information, letting it escape into a single word,” one reads. “In this way, his composition becomes a kind of dreamlike world, where there is no respect for visual or spatial logic. Instead, there is only one feeling, or rather, a progression of the feeling.
It makes sense that bidders are interested in Roiland’s early days at Sotheby’s, where the work is included in the contemporary art online sale. In January he sold a collection of crudely drawn NFTs for a shocking $ 1.65 million on the Clever gateway platform, ranking it among the biggest crypto-art sales ever. All proceeds from the sale were donated to homeless camps in Los Angeles.
“Testing the limits of cryptographic art” he wrote on twitter at the time. “What makes something precious?” Art? The artist? The process? The state of mind during creation? The intention of the play? I feel really good in this collection.
Roiland co-created Adult Swim’s Rick and morty wwith fellow writer Dan Harmon in 2012. The show, which follows the interdimensional adventures of a mad scientist and his grandson, both voiced by Roiland himself, premiered the following year and has since inspired a worship.
He is also the co-creator of Hulu’s Solar opposites, and the founder of video game studio Squanch Games.
Bidding for Roiland’s my friend-and other lots in the sale — ends July 21, 2021.
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