We may call it 2011, but those in the know prefer to think of the time we live in as the year of the rabbit! This, of course, is one of Lucky’s favorite cycles of the Chinese zodiac. As a sprightly Maltese she surely has chased her fair amount of fluffy tail, but she also likes to consider herself Wendy’s very own Lucky rabbit. People born in the year of the Rabbit –that’s anyone born in the years 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 (just add or subtract 12 if your birth year isn’t listed) – are clever, ambitious, tactful, and hesitant to gamble, which will lead to financial success in the current year!
Lucky also likes to use the Year of the rabbit as a time for education –she championed the abolishment of selling “lucky” rabbits feet after all. She and Wendy want you to know that Rabbits feet are most definitely NOT a cute accessory and if you believe in karma than you know that they can’t bring any sort of luck! The tradition of keeping lucky rabbit’s feet started as far back as 600 BC among the ancient Celts. The rabbits’ virility was seen as a sign of good fortune and is the factor that first attracted attention from ancient humans. In addition to their lucky properties, rabbits were often the first game that young boys were trained to hunt and as such a successful first hunt was document via the proud display of the foot of the young man’s first kill. OF course times have changed, and although rabbit’s feet are not yet illegal in the United States, they are certainly going out of vogue among the sensitive and savvy set.
But Wendy and Lucky aren’t the only one’s hopping on the year of the rabbit bandwagon! Fine Artist, Patrick McMullan presents David Foox who has produced some whimsical art to celebrate the notoriously speedy animal in its glory-year. Foox whose original forays onto canvas depicted women in various steamy situations has channeled this lustful spirirt into the animals that perhaps best represent the sex drive in popular culture; rabbits. The paintings depict a stoic rabbit in extreme vertical done up in various styles from military general to Captain Spock. In regards to his cartoon-like style Foox explains, “I think my art carries with it a certain youthfulness (like playing with GI Joe or Star Wars) but also a very distinct political and socially responsible message. I try to make everything so subtle in this regard that it is almost un-noticeable. So to answer the question, I like toys and toys have massaged my style. But I also like the numbers ‘88’ and ‘18’ and of course Buddha.” Foox will be presenting his works, Tuesday, June 28th, at The Sanctuary Hotel in New York City. The doors open at 6, and the guest list is strictly VIP, but if you know anything about Peter Rabbit you know that a real rabbit is resourceful, and that photos are bound to surface on the web.