Shitty Fucken Day

(2013)

Inuit Art Quarterly - - 5 WORKS - Ju­tai Toonoo

I would guess that ev­ery­one, at least once, has had such a frus­trat­ing day that ev­ery­thing, even the view out of your win­dow, seems pretty fuck­ing shitty. Ju­tai Toonoo’s (1959– 2015) Shitty Fucken Day deftly cap­tures the spirit of such a mis­er­able day. At first glance, the land­scape looks roughly ren­dered, its un­even edges and sketched in­te­rior hastily cap­tured on the page. How­ever, on closer in­spec­tion, the sky is ac­tu­ally made up of hun­dreds of small “fucks,” and the land hun­dreds more “shits,” like so many small ir­ri­ta­tions piled on top of each other. The muted, lim­ited colour pal­ette en­hances the sense of frus­tra­tion writ­ten into the land­scape and, in turn, en­cour­ages the viewer’s sneak­ing sus­pi­cion that once he col­lected them all on the page, Ju­tai was likely all out of “fucks” to give on that par­tic­u­lar “shitty” day.

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Ju­tai Toonoo (1959–2015 Kin­ngait) —LEFTShitty Fucken Day 2013Oil stick121.9 × 121.9 cm RE­PRO­DUCED WITH PER­MIS­SION DORSET

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