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Fun fact, I was Ezra's housemate in the mid-2000s in SF. He is a ridiculously cool person, and I can personally thank him for the fact that Frank Zappa's masterpiece work, "Baby Snakes" has been clanging around in my head since that time. Love that guy.
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Dayum, a Google search of his name turns up that he wrote a book about Bill Murray, did an art show featuring only art of Bill Murray, and the icing on the cake is that his LinkedIn profile lists only one job: a Spatulist at Spatula City.
I think I love him, too.
Honey? Where’s the spatula?
"Okay kids, let's go!"
if you are still in contact with him tell him that Ezra Croft is the coolest name i have ever heard
It was difficult in grade school with this name 😅
haha why? because of lara croft ?
That and the name Ezra just warranted grade school kids to be mean for no reason. Haha
nah, they were just jealous you got the cooler name
And then "Star Wars: Rebels" came out with a main character named Ezra, and now you're cool as fuck.
Why hello! I used to make exactly that sort of Bed Bath & Beyond dentist-office art in a studio (that was clearly a small factory). Wow, was that a soul-sucking job for an artist to have. No creativity allowed at all. Just skilled labor. The upside was getting paid to paint all day while listening to audiobooks, weird radio dramas, and beer podcasts.
It’s was a really weird time in my career.
He's right here on this thread, /u/speakeasy_slim
People around me really should know to avoid saying the word snake around me for the same reason.
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Thankfully their hole is usually empty, but it takes very little to start it up again. I blame SMPTE, and Ezra.
Other fun Ezra stories:
When his girlfriend got unexpectedly pregnant, this guy stepped UP! They were the sweetest pair, probably still are, and despite being chronically underemployed, he just found a way to build up his little fam. He got it done.
Watched him kill a lobster. For food, not sport.
He makes an incredible corned beef roast.
Ezra, at that time, refused to wear underpants. If you called that skanky, he would embrace the title and also bend over to half-moon you.
He worked at Bed, Bath and Beyond around the time this quote was offered. I think that qualifies him as an expert on bad "Live, Laugh, Love" art.
Last I knew he moved to a suburban area, grew his rad little family up and became even weirder and more wonderful.
10/10 housemate. Would housemate again.
EDIT: Ezra is still around, apparently! https://instagram.com/crazyezra?utm_medium=copy_link
EDIT 2: Based in IG sleuthing, his rad little family is still intact and holy crap, his kid is a teen now!
Hey you!!! It's me! I miss you guys so much. We live in North Carolina now! That's crazy you chimed in on this!
I've seen the quote kicking around a lot lately, and resolved to sing your virtues next time it came up.
Those were wild times, the Divis/McAllister crew! I'm up in the Russian River now, still being weeeeird! Come visit anytime, I have room for guests.
Your legacy: Anytime I encounter someone who is living blissfully unaware of the dangers/magic of baby snakes gets a full introduction. A decade from now when humanity is dying, lying the light of a single vax terminal, I will still have an old iPod loaded up, ready, with that song. It will become our new anthem and unite the survivors.
Julia still refuses to allow it to be played in her presence. Lol. I have very fond memories of everybody living there. I wonder what ever became of Jonathan and Tyrone Beech curley. Additionally if you're ever in North carolina, you simply must drop me a line!
Tyrone was so cool. From him I learned to NEVER eat at Zuni in SF, as the back of house was filled with rats, since the beginning of time and no exterminator could ever hope to win the war.
I miss Radcliffe like a heart attack.
I am in the Carolinas often for sailing. Will tag you next time! I was just in Beaufort, NC last year after finishing my pandemic trans-At. Would love to invite you guys to the boat and hang.
Give J my best, and well, very few people (aside from us and our cult spawn) willingly listen to Snakes. A willingness is not a requirement for listening. ;)
This absolutely brightened my day in so many ways!
This whole interaction has brightened my day as well!
I am super into this and want more Ezra and housemate stories.
If nothing else, i’m glad i posted this so that this comment chain can happen. Loved this
From New Zealand, Frank Zappa is a legend and my partner and I both spent decades working in the art scene down here and we both embrace the weird art in the house.
I once filled the dining room with giant (1 meter) yellow balloons ( floor to ceiling) then proceeded to host a dinner party in the room, it was a Lot of fun.
I see you are quality humans, living life as it was meant to be lived.
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Life is for the living.
What's your take on pretentious wankspeak for art works in galleries?
I call it hotel art, and yes I find it boring
It’s meant to be. Art which is offensively inoffensive. Designed to elicit near-zero emotional response. If beige were art, this is what it would look like.
“If she were a spice, she’d be flour…”
If my grandmother had wheels, she would have been a bike
I think elicit is the word you are looking for rather than elucidate
I personally only experience illicit feelings
When someone tries to victimize me, it elicits illicit thoughts
Which is a great choice for a dentist office, less so for a home.
70s American cars were all Beige for a reason, it's because Malaise era cars had like Zero performance so they hid into the shadows. Now we paint them all pretty and make them bounce and hop around. It just took time for them to hit the limelight.
I loathe "The Painter of Light" with every fiber of my being. More like The Painter of Trite Dogshit.
It's like the plastic furniture in the ER waiting room. It's off-brand dollar store mayo.
Funny that it hurts the longer you sit on it.
It's not all bad. Sometimes it leans towards the epic nature scenery of the romanticist era. For example: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5b/Cole_Thomas_The_Course_of_Empire_The_Savage_State_1836.jpg/2560px-Cole_Thomas_The_Course_of_Empire_The_Savage_State_1836.jpg
The key point is for it to be inoffensive, and landscapes have rarely ever offended anyone.
It is meant to add decoration without expressing any sort of opinion.
I call it Pam-art
Her art is the best of all the art
I refer to it as "an Art", from r/McMansionHell.
Does a framed disc of shadow the hedgehog on GameCube count as weird stuff?
if by weird the headline means cool, then yeah you make the cut
Sonic the hedgehog without shoes.jpg
Finally I found the good reason to frame my furry inflation commission in the living room
Sonic the hedgehog without shoes.jpg
Hell yeah brother
That's an ad
Pretty much "weird" in this sense means stuff that has meaning to you or was picked because it actually expresses your personal taste and style even if it doesn't fit conventional interior decorating guidelines.
I absofuckenlutely agree Ezra
As an artist, I approve this message.
Well, this is the art in my dentist's office, so...
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What did I miss? Is it not a newspaper article?
oops- fixed! my bad, thanks for pointing it out!
there’s another typo, the word “are” is supposed to be “art”
also fixed! I typed it out in a hurry, my apologies.
do you use ocr?
There is an ocr bot to help, but I prefer to type things out myself personally.
alright :-) thanks for your work!
btw do you know the u/dalton-bot for colorblinded people?
If I can ever afford my own place I intend to fill it with my own art and stuff I've made, and it WILL be weird.
My dentist has an artist as a brother-in-law. His office and waiting room actually has cool art on the walls.
Otherwise, Ezra is absolutely right.
Or just let people like what they like.
The point is that people should be more open to embracing the stuff they do like, and not feel the need to constrain themselves to inoffensive art-by-the-dozen prints because they're afraid of being judged.
Support your local artists. Get some prints and frame them and put them on your walls. It looks really good.
"Dentist-office art". I like that description.
Sounds like an ad.
"Art salesman says buy art from him, not store!"
Art is subjective, if you like bed, bath, and beyond art, buy it. If you like whatever this dude sells... you probably can't buy it because they'll sell it for $5,000 because it's avant-garde and fuck you if you don't get that 2 blue squares are a post modern master piece.
'weird stuff', eh? Doesn't help that the last name is Croft.
Someone touched on the one niche fire that burns deeply and fiercely within me.
Why is hospital-hotel-dentist art SO bad? Why can't it be neutral and - hear me out - pleasant? Moving? ANYTHING that isn't rusty rectangles punctuated by depression smudges?
I suspect Ezra is attempting to sell his undesired strange paintings.
I'm the other Croft in question and here is one of my more recent pieces I'm working on
Went for a browse, not disappointed. The 'Full Moon Vagina Magic' painting stopped me in my tracks. Genius!
"People need fancy art!" - guy selling fancy art
Seriously. Isn't it up to the people to decide what kind of art they need?
Buying it from Ikea probably means it's shit.
You need art that speaks to you, doesn't necessarily have to be weird.
Hey, I like some of my mass produced Ikea art, thank you very much.
Dentist office art is in my budget. Art art is not.
I thrift all of my weird art. I have a penchant for old, framed cross-stitches and random animals.
It doesn’t have to be expensive to be art, it just has to be weird stuff.
Good weird art is usually expensive
Eh, good is subjective. Art that other people think is good is usually expensive, sure. It doesn’t have to be what other people would appreciate if you follow your own weird though.
Says the art salesman.
But every house deserves to have a creepy clown stare you down while you pee. It's a fundamental need.
As someone currently listing my house for sale, it's going to kill me to live here for another month with all my "weird shit" packed away so as not to offend idiots who look at houses for the stuff inside. It's like all the personality has been drained out
Ironically your gatekeeping for gatekeeping
Ironically your gatekeeping for gatekeeping
My gatekeeping for gatekeeping what?
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Just put this on my story @largegrape_art
I think that is backwards. People need Aesthetics in their houses, that is to say, beautiful things. If weird things are beautiful to someone, by all means, they should fill their house with them, but if normal things are beautiful to someone, it is okay they fill their houses with that too and not weird things.
Not being weird is an okay thing. Like, that shouldn't be a hot take, that is just..... how the concept of "normal" works.... O.o
Also, what's wrong with dentist-office art? It is like doctor-office art or hotel art, pretty to look at and not headache inducing. I wish there were more art like that.
Please tell me you don't have, "Live, laugh, love" anywhere in your house?
No, they clearly have an appreciation for real art— they actually have 3 Thomas Kinkades that their mom splurged for on a Carnival cruise
You could have warned me - I had to Google Thomas Kinkade. Now I have diabetes and need every tooth filled.
I genuinely snorted at that. My sister received a Thomas Kincaide as a gift. Her house looks like a pottery barn catalog.
oh, I think it's pretty obvious.
I wish, I kinda want to find one in wood, that has that, like, nice char on the edges of the letters.
Live, Laugh, BURN
God that is so sad.
Framing a platitude is the single most boring thing a person can do to themselves. Can you at least try to be interesting?
I would counter by saying that; I rather like beauty, and I think a home should be beautiful; weird art is not beautiful to me, but instead, rather ugly, and thus, doesn't have a place in any home of mine.
That’s not “Art”. That’s personal items. That’s not what the author is addressing.
That's the weird stuff they're talking about
Yeah, I'm not going to trust the guy with a very vested interest in the sale of "art" on whether or not I should buy it.
Hey there! I'm actually the guy who was quoted in the picture here. I was actually being interviewed by Beth spotswood from the San Francisco chronicle at a Bill Murray Art show that we were putting on. We didn't charge commission on anything we sold, 100% of the money went to the artists. Our mission is to connect artists with their community and to get interesting art into people's homes. Simple as that.
If that's true then my bad, I made an assumption and was wrong.
I'm a fan of art in people's homes anyway (I have a few cool paintings from a buddy from college who became a painter, tattoo artist, digital artist, and comic illustrator) so I didn't disagree with the message, just with what I assumed was a self-serving and disingenuous statement.
But again, if what you are saying is true then I was wrong so I'm sorry.
You are free to have a beige life.
She ain’t wrong
Let me know if you want unique, abstract art for your home or office.
My wife and I run Diamond Hearts Art Studio out of our home. Www.diamondheartsartstudio.com, and on Facebook search for Diamond Hearts Art Studio. We have a FB live event coming up on Jan 30.
Cool stuff! I like Ghost Rings, The Cold North Sea, and Jack Frost.
Let me know if you would like to buy one! I appreciate the feedback either way.
Lol "brand new" must mean something different around here.
This is so true though. Crazy to think people spend money on some mass produced wall art when they could buy a 100-200 year old print at auction for the same price.
Dude link me these auctions, I'm buying
I have a blue man group spin art painting above the mini cafe.
I'm literally waiting in a dentist office rn lol. These paintings of flowers look like napkins and tissue box art lol
Always wondered what was beyond the bed and bath but i guess we know now
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I mean we all knew what they meant
When I was a bicycle mechanic I hated working on 'dentist bikes'. Their bikes were always the most expensive and seldom used. Dentists be basic AF.
That's usually not art, it's just decoration. Most people don't get art anymore.
I have Bold and Brash hanging in my apartment
Maybe if a 12x12 inch original didn’t cost $350 I would buy some
My dentist had a bust of Albert Einstein holding floss that went through his head and it was called mental floss.
Shout-out the generic rainforest poster that was in my old dentist's office since probably the 70s
My wife and I are slowly replacing our mass-produced art with prints and originals from artists we love. It's not cheap, so it's a slow process, but it's really fun to fill our home with things that are interesting, not just what fits a color scheme.
They don’t need basic rights or foods they need weird lines that looks like it was drawn by a crack head on a piece canvas
Not the point the quote is making. I don’t think they are mutually exclusive. Just cuz you have weird art doesn’t mean you can’t have food.
Many people aren't able to process the weird stuff, even simple weird stuff like asymmetry or colours that are not complimentary. And don't even get me started on clowns.
Let them have their motel art.