Dali-Ernst, avant-garde photographer and graphic artist, has experimented with textual designs for years before joining the Milo Institute for Feline Well-Being as an Dadaist Artiste last spring. Dali-Ernst’s research into alternate universes started in 1999 when he experienced an Epiphany after ingesting a large amount of Peruvian Nip. In 2008, he was diagnosed with feline AIDS and began working in earnest to complete his collection of “Portraitures Semaine de Felines” and here is one of his latest works: “Surreptitious Prosaic Mosaic” the signature work featuring Henny Ben Tassus as what he has called his “sun worshipping dark star.” The ten photos are currently on display at the MIFW-B Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Yonge Street. While tripping on mushrooms in 2004, D-E watched a double feature of Richard Kelly’s “Donnie Darko” and James Cameron’s “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” and in the feverish nightmarish aftermate combined the liquid T2 effects with the Darko rabbit eyes to turn Talia Biscuits into “Liquid Feline: Darko’s Cat The Talia Terminator.”
Although recently involved in some artistic differences with other neighborhood catists, Uncle Wally, Rusty Mola and Graystone Van De Meer, Dali-Ernst has continued to work on his latest exhibits, “Lexicon of Yowl Town” and “Ecouter et Parler” and expects to complete both by March.
Ill for most of 2008, D-E continued working with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcats and completed his controversial “Cat Paws: Prowling the Wild Side,” (September – October, 2008) featuring lesbian and gay felines in provocative art, which was displayed at the San Francisco Gallery of Gay Pussycat Art. Banned by the Catholic Bishopric of California, Feline Blasphemy Division:
“for egregious gay-themed feline fornication and a predonderance of pussy licking,” one hundred thousand cats protested by despoiling Catholic Iconography throughout the Bay Area. Remonstration was so utterly successful that three of the largest Catholic Churches had to be closed due to the smell of urine and “tomkat perfume” and Bishop Bigotus Wickedness allowed the exhibit to continue; however, in a radical move, D-E, pulled his exhibit two days later and gave away all donations to the Castro Animal Shelter to find homes for victims of feline AIDS.
Said Dali-Ernst of the Catholic’s anti-gay attacks: “Now I know how Mapplethorpe felt. Many of the offended Bishops and Priests were actually jealous that cats can lick themselves without guilt and that the thought of two male cats dry humping was somehow more heinous than the pedophile priests who were not punished by the Pope or the church. Hypocrites generally piss me off and I am proud to say that thanks to my many fans the smell of cat urine is so pungent in many confessionals and on ‘pews’ (meow, mew purr) that worshipers still faint.”
According to a gay feline rights activist, who was quoted on the promise of anonymity: “Mayor Gavin Newsome was heard to say, privately to D-E, ‘the smell reached all the way to heaven.’ We never intended to hurt Dal’s artistry, but he worked so dilligently to help all afflicted with AIDS, that we had to make a stand against bigotry that transcends the animal kingdom. Humans and animals are suffering through cruelty, abuse, neglect and indifference and if we do not come together collectively the toll will indeed, like the smell, reach heaven and angels will be plummeting to earth like bolts of Zeus’ lightning to strike down the wicked and innocent as well. The time is right for revolution and we have a billion supporters waiting to raise their tail’s in protest. Will their human sisters and brothers be willing to do likewise? Time will answer that question and we can only hope before it’s too late to save all races.”
Maine Coon “El Chupa-Milo,” died at age 12 from complications of feline AIDS in 2006, and was the inspiration of the MIFW-B, started in November, 2007 by his partner, Simone de bon de Bont, in honor of his fallen lover cat. The non-profit organization continues today with bureaus in Alabama, the Carolinas, Rhode Island, Maine, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Texas and Nevada and promotes “all manner of feline assistance, support and love,” according to press cat, Talia B.