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September 29, 2011 3:43 PM   Subscribe

John Cerney makes giant plywood people. 5 minute interview.
posted by arse_hat (11 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Someday I'll learn to be inspired by such people who are so creatively creative. But today, this guy just makes me hate myself.

This is great, thanks for posting it.
posted by nevercalm at 4:12 PM on September 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow. I've wondered what this old lady was doing alongside US 101 when driving by over the past few years.
posted by zsazsa at 4:21 PM on September 29, 2011


giant plywood people having fun
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:28 PM on September 29, 2011


I met a giant plywood man
he said "hey, man, I'm flat broke!"
I said "golly, that's too bad"
he said "yeah, it ain't no joke"
said he owed a lot of money
I said "will you go to jail?"
he said "nah, no way, they'll bail me out,
cause I'm too big to fail"
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:35 PM on September 29, 2011 [3 favorites]


There are a lot of these signs depicting farmworkers in the fields of the Salinas valley, and I've always liked them. However, there's one that I find very off-putting. I'm not seeing it in the gallery. In the background are two pretty obviously immigrant farmworkers. They're dressed, if I remember correctly, in the clothes you'd expect to see on the stereotypical/archetypal picker from Latin America, right down to the head gear. (I can't remember exactly what's on their heads; bandannas, maybe?) They're holding a basket or carton of the crops they've just picked.

In the foreground is the white foreman. He's wearing an ironed button-down shirt and he towers over them. He wears a very smug, self-satisfied smile, but he looks like a fucker who sits in the shade all day and has never had dirty fingernails and goes home to a much nicer house than the folks holding the produce.

I like these images because a) they're gorgeous, b) Steinbeck would like them and there are a lot of them on the roads he traveled, and c) they generally represent the true backbone of the economy in that part of California. But dammit, that one scene just isn't ironic enough or romantic enough or something. Something about how grossly accurate it is really turns me off, and I cringe and rage every time I see it.
posted by mudpuppie at 4:39 PM on September 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Befuddled Guy looks like Will Ferrell. These are fun, thanks!
posted by not_on_display at 5:03 PM on September 29, 2011


Someday I'll learn to be inspired by such people who are so creatively creative. But today, this guy just makes me hate myself.

posted by nevercalm at 4:12 PM on September 29 [+] [!]

Makes sense.
posted by hal_c_on at 5:08 PM on September 29, 2011


More importantly, there are pencil drawings of the Growing Pains cast.
posted by Cerulean at 5:44 PM on September 29, 2011


I bet he uses one of these.
posted by Sailormom at 8:11 PM on September 29, 2011


Drivin' windin' coastline miles
Past people made of wooden tiles, I do
I saw Tom Joad stop for gas
In a monochromatic Salin-ass, do you?
Emoticons and marathons
Mosaic fifties' teen icons, ring true
Smilin' dogs and jigsaw cows
Among the tessellated flowers, woof! moo!

Pictures of plywood men and you
Their stories told, some old and some are new
Alls I ever see is them and you

Plywood faces haunting me
Plywood pictures won't leave me alone. . .

(Thanks and a tip o' the lid to Status Quo and L .S. Lowry.)
 
posted by Herodios at 9:18 AM on September 30, 2011


Hey, that's a local artist! I walk or drive by his work just about every day. Thanks for posting this.
posted by rednikki at 11:33 PM on September 30, 2011


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