100 Words – Yellow

Image copyright: J Hardy Carroll

Being an outsider artist isn’t always easy.

At first Ned’s latest urinal installation, Telephone – Yellow, didn’t attract positive write-ups, certainly not in the magazines that count. But he persisted.

Later an agent started working for him and, despite Ned’s low (invisible) profile, the curators began paying attention.

After a protracted bidding war between MOMA and the Getty, a deal was done, and the piece was duly installed in a place of pride.

Trouble was when Ned tried to call up about his money, he found his phone had been ripped from the wall.

Being a stupid artist isn’t always easy.


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ weekly 100 word challenge found here.

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39 Responses to 100 Words – Yellow

  1. pennygadd51 says:

    Enjoyable whimsy. Liked the way you brought it full circle.

  2. Sarah Ann says:

    Great use of repetition by you – last line reflecting the first. Less great repetition by Ned copying Duchamp. At least Duchamp bought his own urinal to sign.

  3. granonine says:

    You get a gold star for making me laugh 🙂

  4. wmqcolby says:

    Quite humorous, Patrick. The sense of irony really sold the story. The doors got shut on the poor guy pretty hard, I imagine. Like the old theater saying goes, “The play’s the thing if ducats ring.” 😀

  5. Varad says:

    Oops! It ain’t easy at all to be an artist, let alone a stupid one. Very witty take, PP. Well done.

  6. Mike says:

    Now I know why all the local phones have disappeared, your artist friend was practicing his art.

  7. Yeah, not everyone appreciate unique and innovative. 😏

  8. This is fun. I wonder what else he’s used to create art that he might have actually needed.

  9. James says:

    Ripping the urinal off the wall…yuk (assuming it was functional as well as artistic).

  10. Rowena says:

    The art installation was a great idea and he wouldn’t be the first artist who has sacrificed practicality for art. Nature of the beast.
    xx Rowena

  11. It’s the tiles. They really are toilet tiles. Very perceptive and witty 🙂

  12. Very witty, Patrick. I’m trying to find a suitable witty response but I keep getting an engaged tone…

  13. Iain Kelly says:

    I can see this as an art installation, and it would belong in the toilet! Good fun Patrick.

  14. Sandra says:

    A urinal was the first thing that sprang to my mind too. 🙂 Good one.

  15. Dear Patrick,

    A telephone urinal? Now that fires the imagination. Fun story.



  16. Martin Cororan says:

    …He shouldn’t get bogged down with such concerns!

  17. neilmacdon says:

    Huge fun, Patrick

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