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EMPTY POOL, BARSTOW, CA., BY SHAWN HUCKINS, 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 04

Shawn Huckins likes painting words. Most of his pictures contain them. “Words fascinate me,” he says. “They are a code that makes communication possible.”

Shawn painted this issue’s cover image, which he titled Tuesday.

“The word SPAM caught my interest,” he says. “It’s clear, with the yellow lettering and the dark blue background, that this product is SPAM, well, Turkey SPAM in this case.”

But is this art? Shawn can see the comical side of it. “Who paints empty cans of SPAM? People look for a pretty sunset or mountain peaks with the fog rolling around them.

“But who can appreciate an empty can of Turkey SPAM laying back down, lid open, on my kitchen table?”

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