Well, times have been tough, and it hasn’t been easy to play with the cards that I have been dealt this summer. But life goes on, and somehow I will be ok.

So, enough doom and gloom around here for now. I got this funny flyer in the mail this past week. It’s an advertisement for the Toronto International Film Festival. How I wound up on their mailing list, I do not know. I have never attended TIFF, and it’s highly unlikely that I will this year. What makes this flyer interesting, however, is the artwork on the cover. Now, seriously, take a look at this.

What in the hell is going on here?

There’s all this blue space, and then there’s white on the top and bottom, and then there’s a giant snow creature with huge flaming eyebrows. What does this mean? What does this have to do with movies? What does this have to do with anything? I don’t get it!

How much money did this artist make for such a bizarre and confusing painting? How is it that I can have such a hard time finding work when this strange, pretentious piece of art gets such wide distribution?


That all said, I just can’t stop staring at it. I don’t understand what it’s about, why it exists, or what relationship it has to the Toronto International Film Festival, but still, I keep on looking at those fiery eyebrows. Perhaps the ambiguity of all that is what is so appealing in this case. Hang this painting up in a gallery and I probably wouldn’t care very much, but send it to me in the mail with the intention of selling me movie tickets and that, in a roundabout way, gets my attention. I’m still not going to do anything else about it though.

But honestly, what the hell is up with those eyebrows?