Rachel's Blog: Todd "Not an Artist" Goldman

Tue, 24 Apr 2007
goldfish in a bowl cartoon

Todd Goldman is a celebrated "artist" whose works sell for thousands in galleries. It has recently come to light that he may have nicked more than a couple of the images in question. Legal stuff is underway.

However it was this image of a goldfish that has been niggling at the back of my brain for the last couple of days and I think I've finally figured it out. It's the sort of thing you would only recognise if you happened to be in a slow office job with a Windows machine in the year 2000. Fish.exe. From memory (I don't have the capacity to check this - please let me know if I'm right) there's a goldfish in a bowl to which you can apply all sorts of tortures - poison, electric shock - and he looks sicker and sicker until you finally do him in with a bomb.

I believe it's one of the sick versions of the fish that has been appropriated for Goldman's line of t-shirts and snowglobes. It wouldn't surprise me if that thick, sloppy linework had been traced off a monitor.