It is always interesting to visit with my friend and neighbor, Johnny Meah. I find I enjoy the company of artists… always have and I don’t know why.
I seem to have become Johnny’s ad hoc photographer. This is kind of funny because I worked for Adolph Studly, a New York City photographer of art and architecture, when I was in high school. I offered my services when I heard about Johnny’s latest project–turning a discarded guitar into a work of art!
I’ll try to fill in some back story as best I can. Seems that a person on a tour of the Martin Guitar factory noticed a pile of guitars that appeared to have been discarded or rejected. They were told that the pile would be put through a wood chipper to make sure they would never be sold since they didn’t meet the rigorous standards of excellence imposed by the manufacturer.
Somehow this individual came up with the idea that they be distributed to various artists who would turn the guitar into a work of art to be displayed and later auctioned off with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. Martin liked the idea apparently and “green-lighted” the project. Johnny was one of the artists chosen to receive a guitar. I asked if he would call me the day he was going to ship it out and I took these photos. I’m not too happy with the quality of the photos… I needed an assistant with a reflector… and how about one of those huge scrims overhead?
That would have helped.
There is a bit of *trompe l’oeil in use and some other funny touches and jokes thrown in.
The guitar had been on display at the Martin factory Dec. 29, 2011.
Article - Feb 19th 2010 - 2kno Norman Bringjord
This is an actual Martin guitar that was rejected and given to Johnny Meah to decorate for a fundraising event. The guitar has been stored in a guitar case made by Martin and modified to hold this guitar. This is a one-of-a-kind piece signed by Johnny.
*A trompe l’oeil coin slot wryly invites the viewer to drop a penny in the Martin Player Guitar:”Press Red Buttons for Selections — Watch It Work!” Amusing the Zillion