The second in an occasional series [find the first here] depicts Amazing Rocket Ship with sibling watching Dad flying a kite on a warm summer Sunday afternoon, somewhere in the Surrey hills.
It is the 100th anniversary of De Stijl and the Rocket Ship Foundation, being supporters of the art world, offers this little salutation in the style of the renowned school of art.
For devotees of De Stijl also see this previous post on Theo van Doesburg.
In this recently commissioned portrait of Amazing Rocket Ship, the artist chose to depict the Still Life in a white study, placing Amazing Rocket Ship with a vase of flowers and fruit. ‘Simply sublime,’ in the words of one critic, who also alluded to the similarity with the famous Italian Giorgio Morandi and his nature morta. [See here for an earlier commission by the Rocket Ship Foundation.]
Amazing Rocket Ship today met with President-elect Donald Trump at the latter’s temporary HQ, Trump Tower. Amid the gaudy setting Amazing Rocket Ship was robust in conversation with the President-elect, who had personally made a call to the Rocket Ship Foundation to offer a three minute audience.
The Rocket Ship Foundation, which has been steadfast in its opposition to a Trump Presidency, later issued this communique:
To all supporters of Amazing Rocket Ship and worldwide friends. It was carefully debated whether or not to accept this invitation from the President-elect. However, given the democratic process and the need for orderly transition of power it was agreed it is prudent to sit with an incoming dictator (oops)/President-elect than to snub. Access is everything in real-politik. Amazing Rocket Ship acknowledges there have been deep and often irreconcilable divisions between Mr Trump and the ethos of this Foundation – namely Making Space for Everyone – yet is prepared to offer the Olive Branch of Reconciliation. It is hoped this [short] meeting will have enabled Mr Big Ears [oops] Trump to assess the regard in which Amazing Rocket Ship is held among the worldwide community, and to recognise the importance of fraternity and reconciliation in the years ahead. The Rocket Ship Foundation pledges to work for All and adhere to its founding mantra: Powered by Make-Believe.
The next pages in this exclusive series: [actually R for Respect was launched earlier but we here at Rocket Ship Foundation have no compunction in repeating as the USA goes to the polls to elect its next President. May it not be Mr Donald Trump, America? But, heh, that’s democracy….whatever happens.]