an extract from an ARC interview with Frank Undershoe held last September at his home in a shed in Hope, British Columbia. Canada.
Art Rat Cafe (ARC): And it is further rumored, Mr. Undershoe, that you have the largest and most unique collection of petz in this province, if not in the world…
Frank Undershoe (FU): I prefer not to call them petz
ARC: Can you elaborate on your preference Mr. Undershoe?
FU: Can you elaborate on yours?
ARC: How should we then refer to these remarkable beings that share your life?
FU: (long silence………………………………………………………etc)
ARC: Jolly good! Then perhaps I can ask how many petz strike through are in your care?
FU: I don’t care for them and they don’t care for me (grabs a straw hat and cane from the coat rack and performs a brief but graceful soft shoe shuffle)…as for the number thing at its best it’s a stretch from an incomprehensible number to five.
ARC: Dear Mr.Frankie, how ARE you feeling now? Can you tell us about the two petz strike through who have just appeared in the frame with you, can you?
FU: My guess is as good as yours Ratty. The upside down hanging thing appears to be offsprung from a poodle and a sloth, and the cute little origami man is just desperate to go out, needs to pee i wouldn’t wonder…
ARC: Did you know, your right eye is a dolphin?
FU: Is this all preordained?
Frank Undershoe and petz strike through. 18×14″. Acrylic on paper on panel.
Painting and writing by clinock.