The forlorn feelings elicited by unloved, unattached furniture just sitting around in some public place make them a fit canvas for the lyrics of a sublimely lofty balladeer like Lionel Richie, once of the Commodores. And it took probably the world’s biggest Lionel Richie fan—possibly ironically, although she isn’t giving the game away just yet—named Molly Evans to make the requisite connection.
This past summer, in part to amuse/annoy a Milwaukee neighbor, she started pillaging Lionel Richie classics like “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “Easy,” “All Night Long (All Night),” and “Hello” for pithy phraseology that she then embroidered on various sofas, mattresses, even a bumper pool table. Somewhat like the work of Barbara Kruger or Banksy, the massive yellow script writing—seemingly direct from the mind of Richie himself—makes for an arresting spectacle on an otherwise ordinary boulevard.
You can see more of Evans’ “Lionel Stitchie” artworks or follow her blog.
And of course, because I just can’t resist it, here’s the marvelously cringeworthy video for Lionel Richie’s “Hello.” If you’ve never seen it—you probably have—it’s a must-see.
via Lost at E Minor
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ performed by characters throughout cinematic history