Talking to Eric Yahnker

Question: Tell me about  “4-Eyed Dog”

Having spent years as an animator, anthropomorphism is just par for the course.  A pair of eyes can appear in profile just as easily as a dog can walk upright, wear a cape and talk.  Using this cartoonist’s device in a heroic, photo-realistic, eight-foot graphite rendering is akin to a dramatic actor cast as a lead in a slapstick comedy, and leaves room for metaphor as ancient and rich as Aesop’s Fables.  Many have suggested the eyes in this piece belong to Donald Rumsfeld, or some other contemporary political figure, but I can assure the source is far less charged.  Regardless, I enjoy the various interpretations.

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4-Eyed Dog,  2009

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