Nicolas Cage has a cat. Cage and that cat have inspired an art exhibit. The internet has never had a better day.
The art will be on display at CatCon, a convention entirely dedicated to the creature Al Gore had in mind when he invented our beloved global network of connected computers. This year’s event, think of it as a Comic-Con for cat lovers, will take place October 1-2 in Pasadena, California.
“Nicolas Cage is an artist’s dream subject: it’s a cult, it’s a camp and it’s DGAF,” said CatCon founder Susan Michals, who is also the founder and curator of the Cat Art Show, a biennial exhibition of creations focused on felines sponsoring Cage’s exhibit. “Cats have a lot of the same characteristics, so why not combine the two and celebrate it on canvas?”
Seven artists will bring their brushstrokes and pixels to CatCon for Uncaged: The Unbearable Weight of Genius Cat Art.
Celebrating the versatile actor and his foster black kitten Merlin includes Brian Hoffman’s Catstor Troy, an 11 x 14-inch print, hand-embellished with diamond dust, embossed, signed and framed in a vintage decorative frame. The piece, an homage to Cage’s wild-eyed villain in 1997’s Face/Off, features the actor’s head on the body of a retro cartoon girl, with a small blue bow in her hair. She is surrounded by three cartoonish cats.
“It’s definitely weird and a little creepy, but heartwarming and funny if you love Cage and cats,” says the Boston-based designer, illustrator and printmaker. “Initially, the piece had Cage sitting next to magic mushrooms in an homage to Alice in Wonderland and her cat Dinah, as well as that time Nic Cage supposedly had mushrooms with her cat.”
Vanessa Stockard’s oil on panel titled Wild at Art shows the actor being hugged by a life-size black cat with yellow eyes and a matching yellow wig. I asked Jet, my own black cat with yellow eyes, to critique the piece.
“I find the disjunction between cat and human in Stockard’s work both reductive and resonant,” said Jet. “Has anyone seen a bird that can kill?”
Cage’s malleable and expressive face makes him a natural star of both paintings and numerous memes.
You’ve probably seen GIFs of him in the 1997 action-thriller Con Air, his long hair blowing in the wind, his eyes half-closed, a blissful smile on his sun-kissed face as he walks toward freedom after a long walk. prison. phrase. You may have also seen the meme of his face superimposed on countless images of cats. Fittingly, Cage is a lifelong cat lover who calls Merlin his best friend. “He loves contact”, Cage says in this interview. “She Sometimes she jumps on the bed and hugs me, you know? In fact, I think she’s my wife.”
Art at Uncaged will be on sale both in person at Cat Con and online through the Cat Art Show. Ten percent of profits will benefit three cat-related charities, with this new genre Cage-cat hopefully benefiting all memes.