King of the Jungle

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    Photo: Dan Jurgens
1990
Welded metal, carpet, industrial sealing compound, enamel
39.5 x 50.5 x 31 inches

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Dial Jr.’s perspective reflects the cynicism, irreverence, and popular sensibility of a younger generation.

Dial Jr.’s perspective reflects the cynicism, irreverence, and popular sensibility of a younger generation. Too often African Americans are "chained down” by addictions, particularly to the bottle, as he practically spells out in King of the Jungle, which consists of a chair and table with the head of a lion. Ironically, this work was the result of a commission by Absolut Vodka, who, through the Museum of American Folk Art, had asked a number of artists to design potential ads for that distiller. It is not likely that this was the message they had in mind.