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The Poker Face as Art

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 31st October 2008 4:45am
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Dr. Dave Schwartz posted earlier today about an painter in Jimi Plays Berkeley, CA who has a fascination with the faces of folks who play casino games. Being that the collective "we" are those folks, the paintings in question - by artist Lisa Esherick - are definitely worth peering through the looking glass at.

From a profile in the Oakland Tribune:

While showing a guest from Germany a slice of American life, she took him inside a Reno casino, a place that was more foreign to Esherick than it was to the tourist.

"I was just amazed," she recalled from that mid-1990s experience. "I was struck by the light, the way it exaggerated the features on faces, and the sharpness of color, which is vibrant in the American casinos."

If I remembered the first time I took acid, I'd probably have said the same thing, replacing "American casinos" with "the back of a VW van at Laguna Seca before Phish melted my brain."

Anyways... here's the set of casino paintings from Ms. Esherick's website for your perusal. Might make a great addition to the Vegas lovers den.



Comments & Discussion:

She'd be delighted with the angst on my face while trying to play proper video poker strategy after an entire day of drinking.

Leroy Neiman meets Thomas Hart Benton!

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