A primary portrait of country music singer Jerry Jeff Walker best known for his 1968 song “Mr. Bojangles”. The background of the portrait references 25 ”generals” referenced in popular culture. Each piece in the series also references fine artists from past and present. The graphic layout of the piece and the overlay of Tom and Jerry and balloon dog are a homage to famous American Pop Artist Jeff Koons. The synthesis of the combined pop data results in a new icon: General Jerry Jeff Koons.
A Google search of “GENERAL” results in 1000’s of references and images catalogued under that search term. In the piece GENERAL references include: General Mills, General George Washington, General Hospital, general store, General Cinema, General Zod, The General Lee, General Macarthur, General Motors, and 16 other references from history, science, and popular culture.
Chosen as a nod to Jerry Jeff Walker, founder of outlaw movement in country music, because Jerry was always one step ahead of the law being Tom. Based on the Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoon series (which was created by HB co-founders William Hanna and Joseph Barbera), the show originally aired on ABC from September 6 to December 13, 1975. In this show, Tom and Jerry (who wears a red bow tie) spend various episodes roaming the world competing in sports, enduring on-the-job misadventures, running afoul of dastardly villains, solving mysteries and helping others.
Jerry Jeff Walker (born Ronald Clyde Crosby; March 16, 1942) was an American country music singer and songwriter. He was a leading figure in the outlaw country music movement. He was best known for having written the 1968 song "Mr. Bojangles". Walker spent his early folk music days in Greenwich Village in the mid-1960s. He co-founded a band with Bob Bruno in the late-1960s called Circus Maximus that put out two albums, one with the popular FM radio hit "Wind", but Bruno's interest in jazz apparently diverged from Walker's interest in folk music. Walker thus resumed his solo career and recorded the seminal 1968 album Mr. Bojangles with the help of David Bromberg and other influential Atlantic recording artists. He settled in Austin, Texas, in the 1970s, associating mainly with the outlaw country scene that included artists such as Michael Martin Murphey, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings, and Townes Van Zandt. He passed away on October 23, 2020.
Jeffrey L. Koons (born January 21, 1955) is an American artist recognized for his work dealing with popular culture and his sculptures depicting everyday objects, including balloon animals – produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces. He lives and works in both New York City and his hometown of York, Pennsylvania. His works have sold for substantial sums, including at least two record auction prices for a work by a living artist: $58.4 million for Balloon Dog (Orange) in 2013 and $91.1 million for Rabbit in 2019. Critics are sharply divided in their views of Koons. Some view his work as pioneering and of major art-historical importance. Others dismiss his work as kitsch, crass, and based on cynical self-merchandising. Koons has stated that there are not hidden meanings in his works.
THE OVERALL SYNTHESIS OF THIS COLLECTIVE POP DATA YIELDS THE PORTRAIT OF A NEW ICON…. GENERAL JERRY JEFF KOONS