Of gravity, celery and panties…

Every few months I cruise over to lileks.com for a healthy dose of the absurd.

The site, with the tag line “Humiliating Defenseless Ephemera Since 1996” is a riot. Lileks skewers our strange American culture of decades past with a loving, witty and tender poke in the eye.

Like his exaltation of home decorating disasters (though the best materials have been removed from the site and made into a book…nothing against books, but boo…hiss!) at Interior Desecrations, or the equally, riotously caustic category of Regrettable Foods (also, alas, now a book).

My last visit, I explored some of the nooks and crannies of the site, and lo and behold, here is a tribute to one of America’s greatest but least-known — and certainly strangest — artists, Art Frahm. Frahm specialized in pin-up style works of women with celery whose underwear (the woman’s not the vegetable’s) refuses refuses to stay put.

You may find the paintings amusing, odd, or perverse, but Lilek’s stream-of-subconsciousness commentary is hilarious, no matter what.

What can I possibly say...?

As Lileks himself puts it: “It is unfair to judge Art Frahm by these illustrations. He did many that were much, much worse…”


pafalafaga David Sarokin

3 Responses to “Of gravity, celery and panties…”

  1. eiffel says:

    Perhaps this was an early example of product placement.

    Maybe Art Frahm’s work was sponsored by the Celery Marketing Board or somesuch.

  2. pafalafaga says:

    Ha, ha. More likely, though, it was the Acme Elastic Waistband Co. that sponsored Frahm’s work…

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