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Nicolas Cage loves his cat.  The internet was made for this moment

Nicolas Cage has a cat. Cage and this cat inspired an art exhibit. The internet has never seen a better day.

The art will be on display at CatCon, a convention all about the creature Al Gore had in mind when he invented our beloved global network of connected computers. This year’s event – think of it as Comic-Con for felines – takes place October 1-2 in Pasadena, Calif.

“Nicolas Cage is an artist’s dream subject – he’s cult, he’s camp and he’s DGAF,” said CatCon founder Susan Michals, who is also founder and curator of Cat Art Show, a biennial exhibition by feline creations sponsoring the Cage exhibition. “Cats have many of the same characteristics, so why not combine the two and celebrate it on canvas?”

Vanessa Stockard

Seven artists are bringing their brushstrokes and pixels to CatCon for Uncaged: The Unbearable Weight of Genius Cat Art.

The celebration of the versatile actor and his adopted black cat Merlin features Brian Hoffman’s Catstor Troy, an 11-inch by 14-inch print, hand-decorated with diamond dust, embossed, signed and framed in a decorative vintage frame . The piece – a homage to Cage’s wild-eyed villain in 1997’s Face/Off – shows the actor’s head on a retro cartoon girl’s body, with a small blue bow in her hair. He is surrounded by three cartoon cats.

“It’s definitely weird and a bit creepy, but heartwarming and fun if you like Cage and cats,” says the Boston-based designer, illustrator and printmaker. “The piece originally had Cage sitting next to magic mushrooms as an homage to Alice in Wonderland and her cat Dinah, as well as the time Nic Cage allegedly took mushrooms with his cat.”

Nicolas Cage loves his cat.  The internet was made for this moment

Brian Hoffman

Vanessa Stockard’s oil on panel, titled Wild at Art, depicts the actor being embraced by a life-size black cat with yellow eyes and a matching yellow wig. I asked Jet, my own black cat with yellow eyes, to critique the play.

“I find the disjunction of cat and human in Stockard’s work both reductive and resonant,” Jet said. “Has anyone seen a bird I can kill?”

Cage’s flexible and expressive face makes him a natural star of paintings and many memes.

You’ve probably seen GIFs of him in the 1997 action thriller Con Air, his long hair flying, his half-closed eyes, a smug smile on his sunny face as he walks to freedom after a long jail sentence. You may also have seen the meme of his face superimposed on countless images of cats. Fittingly, Cage is a lifelong cat lover who calls Merlin his best friend. “He likes contact”, Cage said in this interview. “Sometimes he jumps into bed and hugs me, you know? I actually think that’s my wife.”

Art in Uncaged will be on sale in person at Cat Con and online through Cat Art Show. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit three cat-related charities, with this new Cage-cat genre hopefully benefiting all memes.

Nicolas Cage loves his cat.  The internet was made for this moment

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Nicolas Cage loves his cat.  The internet was made for this moment

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