Someone working for Panini America (formerly known as Donruss) had a brilliant idea. A lot of people like to collect autographs of hockey players. A lot of people like to collect art. So why not combine the two? Twenty six NHL rookies were given multiple blank index cards and instructed to draw whatever they felt like. They then signed the other side of the card. Our own Tim Erixon was one of them. Keep reading to see what he came up with (all art courtesy of Panini America).
Simply flawless. This is a great example of Dadaism. At face value, it is simply a fishing rod. However, is it really JUST a fishing rod? To me, Erixon wanted to create a metaphor for his hockey career so far. Notice how we can not see what is at the end of his line. Literally, he has the necessary tool to catch the fish but we don’t know if has actually caught something, or how big of a fish it is. Metaphorically, we know Erixon has the tools to succeed in the NHL but we don’t know if he’ll succeed, or to the extent that he will. Marcel Duchamp would be proud.
This piece might be even better than his first one. A brilliant display of Cubism. What is curious to me is his hue choice. The distinct absence of any red, yellow, or orange is a clear critique of the Calgary Flames and its tyrannical suppression of its players. The one color that dominates the canvas, however, is blue. As in the Broadway Blueshirts. It doesn’t matter what kind of fishing rod you have if you do not have the right boat to drive you into the ocean, right? Erixon has the tools to succeed, but he needs the boat (The Rangers) to steer him in the right direction.
Brings tears to your eyes, doesn’t it? Erixon is a very modest, soft spoken guy when appearing in TV interviews. Who knew the guy had such passionate thoughts within him? This is the kind of passion John Tortorella wants to see out of his players, so hopefully Erixon can harness it the next time he is called up.