KNIGHT BLACK
2016, metal, polymer, pigment
56" x 19" x 12"

label text:

IF YOU DON’T GIVE UP YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY LOSE. CAUTION: HAZARDOUS MATERIAL, MAY CAUSE MORAL FATIGUE.

INGREDIENTS: WHAM, CHOP, KA-POW, BANG, CRUNCH, SPLAT. MANUFACTURED IN THE USA BY COMPLETE FABRICATIONS LTD.


In reference to his role as the indomitable Black Knight (Knight Black) in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, John Cleese tells a story about Roman wrestlers engaged in a long, grueling match in which both were so exhausted that eventually they were just holding each other up. One quit, walked away, and lost by forfeit. The other, who was dead, won posthumously by default. Thus the quote “If you don’t give up you can’t possibly lose”, which Cleese views as a dubious philosophy.

The numeric code stamped into the tube spells ‘Cleese’.