As soon as we got back from Vallarta, I had to bust out this painting of Magnum P.I. for "Idiot Box" -- a group exhibit down at Gallery 1988 Los Angeles. The show is chock full of pop-culture-referential pieces, based on "guilty pleasure" television shows. I've always had a soft spot for that sweet-talking, beer-swilling, mustache-combing hunk, Thomas Magnum. My folks watched the program while I was a child. I think my father was especially into it since Roger Mosley's character was named "T.C.," and that just happens to be his nickname.
"The Lovable Private Investigator - With a quick smile for the ladies and a fist for the bad guys, Thomas is never too far from a cold brew and some raw danger!"
Recently, my girlfriend and I have rediscovered our love for Magnum, his motley crew of cohorts, and their wiley hijinks. It was running in syndication for awhile, here in S.F. Now we've got a few seasons on our Netflix Instant Player. So when I got invited to submit a piece for "Idiot Box," it was kind of a no-brainer. "Magnum P.I." is my ultimate guilty pleasure show!
Well, maybe that, AND "America's Next Top Model."
- Bunker, out with love!