The Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy are a series of gentle short stories, written by Edward S. Louis, that play with the ideas and images of Through the Veil paintings.
Rabbit and Kitty Boy Escape the Postmodern Radar
“That doesn’t make sense,” Rabbit said.
“What’s that?” Kitty Boy asked.
“Postmodern,” Rabbit replied. “It’s either modern, now, or before now. If you can sit here and look at it, it can’t be after now.”
They were sitting together looking at a book called Postmodern Art.
“Modern in art doesn’t mean now,” Kitty Boy explained. “It means some kinds of art between the 1880s and 1950s.”
“Work that rejected old ideas and tried new techniques instead, trying to get everyone to see in different ways. It prefers irony to realism.”
“What’s irony?” Rabbit asked.
“No one knows,” Kitty Boy said.
“So postmodernism must come after modernism,” Rabbit suggested.
“Exactly,” Kitty Boy answered, smiling.
“What makes it different?” Rabbit asked.
“It rejects old ideas and tries to make everyone see in new ways.”
“That’s what you said about modernism,” Rabbit said doubtfully.
“It brings into question everything we think we know. It casts a radar over art, language, science, poetry—everything—to see what lies behind it.” Kitty Boy was doing his best to explain…………………………………….
Professor, Arts and Visual Design – Painting and Drawing
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay