Wooden Shutters

Art, Theft, and Shutters?

Looking at Wooden Shutter, the name of the piece presented in our gallery this week, I’m briefly reminded of the purpose for which shutters serve. They protect the glass of the window and keep storms or flying debris out of the home or building upon which they reside.

Wooden Shutters
Wooden Shutters

 

Artistically, they represent a doorway threshold, an imaginary line between out there and in here. According to an article by Sarah Cascone , it seems that Amanda Lou Packard, 56, from New York state is one of those people who definitely belong out there. She entered this dubious distinction with a daylight heist of stupendously surreal senselessness. I should say she alleged to commit heist, because technically she hasn’t stood trial for the theft of a painting she stole yet.

Amanda Lou Packard captured on surveillance stealing a painting from the county administration office. Photo: Monroe County District Attorney's Office.
Amanda Lou Packard captured on surveillance stealing a painting from the county administration office.
Photo: Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.

 

But, as the picture shows, it’s going to be a difficult case for the defense attorney.  they have to somehow come up with a decent excuse as to why she entered the Monroe County Administration Building to buy some dog tags and then seen leaving with a rather conspicuously large oil painting.

It seems it took the authorities about 2 weeks before they noticed that the painting Sciota Mill Stream by Danielle Reish was missing.   According to Fred Beaver’s  the painting has hung in the administration building for 25 years. So when they discovered it missing, they went to surveillance tapes to find the reason.

Though what I’d like to know is why she took the painting in the 1st place. According to the article she acquired the painting about 25 minutes after she picked up her dog tags. 25 minutes of walking around looking for a painting to steal? Was she bored?

Of course, this brings me to another question.   What did she do with it? Because the authorities actually recovered the work, she obviously didn’t try to sell the painting. So, was it just hanging in her home?   Was it an ill thought souvenir of her time getting dog tags?   Weird.

So, like the work Wooden Shutters it seems this is an open and shut case… Get it? Open… Shut… Shutters… Ok. I’ll stop now….   Have a great day.

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