1.10.2010

Thought-provoking baseball artwork: the Orange Crate Label Series.

Since the 1960s, Southern California artist Ben Sakoguchi has produced these small paintings he calls the Orange Crate Label Series, which blend "humor, sarcasm, and social commentary in their recontextualized images," according to the Baseball Reliquary. There are some interesting renderings on his site. Here are a couple:




Mr. Sakoguchi's depiction of Babe Ruth might be a refreshing change from the National Chicle version that has everyone hot under the collar. Although that Chicle chuckle set induces entertaining, informative rants, we have no doubt that a lot of people are going to buy it, and many are going to LIKE it. Then, several months after people become peeved because of disappointing inserts or quality control or something, the prices will come down some and we'll move on to the next vaguely or fully disappointing retro product, or maybe a surprisingly good one, from Topps or, heaven forfend, Upper Deck. This, friends, is the current life cycle of cardboard. It has inevitability written all over it. So when you've had enough of Babe Chipper, try Bebu Rusu.


Born in California, Mr. Sakoguchi, the artist, spent part of his childhood in an internment camp in Arizona. Now he is a well-established painter in Los Angeles. He has many different subjects, but often comes back to baseball (both American and Japanese). Here's an article about him from Sports Illustrated.

3 comments:

Hackenbush said...

I came across these a couple of years ago. They're different in a very cool way!

Carl Crawford Cards said...

I LOVE his image of Bender and Meyers herehttp://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/files/primate_studies/discussion/the_unauthorized_history_of_baseball

Great stuff!

dinged corners said...

Update: We discovered that Mark's Ephemera touched on this artwork in June--great post. There is nothing new under the sun....