I Had a Smokin’ Good Time at the Museum of Burnt Food!


Hot Pocket

Artist: C. Carter

A moving End-of-the-Century image, contrasting the mouthwatering dream of future sustenance with the charred reality of human endeavor — the paradox between perfect potential and heartbreaking reality. Note the date stamp in bottom right-hand corner, a chilling momento mori, signifying “Time” as the emptier of the hot pockets of our lives.

Yet even here, hope is not lost — as evidenced by the pale splash of youthful belief, epitomize in the fresh, untried hotpocket, still encased in its embryonic plastic – and contrasted with the dashed hopes of the fully-realized … actually over-realized experience of the hot-pocket in the real world. Beautiful work, C. Carter!