“We all know who the BOSS is, the world knows who the BOSS is. But what does that mean? That somebody can’t say something…You’re supposed to clam up like a mouse because he’s rapping everybody”
This series of charcoal drawings is based on the many moods of Don Zimmer, former bench coach with the New York Yankees. Also known as “Zim” and “Popeye,” Don Zimmer (who is in his early eighties and has been in Major League Baseball since 1954) is perhaps best known for attacking the then 35-year-old Boston Red Sox pitcher, Pedro Martinez, in the 2003 American League Championship Series. 3 portraits refer directly to Zimmer’s public apology for attempting to tackle Martinez, in which he tearfully apologized “to Baseball.” The above quoted rant by Mr. Zimmer refers to George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees. Taken out of context, Zimmer’s many rants pertaining to “The Boss,” (most of them printed in the NY Post) can be read as calls to arms and passionate protestations of suppression. By focusing on Zimmer’s fleshy face in moments of intense and varying emotion, this innocuous old man is simultaneously mob boss, fascist dictator, happy grandpa, angry veteran, Winston Churchill and revolutionary.
2004 – 2005
Charcoal and mixed media on paper, 52 x 38” each.