Just as a shark must always be moving forward in order to remain alive so too must the artist forever go forward in the search of new and unexplored artistic realms in which to express their genius. And such is the case with political cartoon genius Gerald Skrlin as he stretches his proverbial wings to expand his world view from pencil on paper to paint on vinyl. His most recent endeavor literally brings his work home as he has displayed - as both public art and political commentary - a banner/cartoon above the front door of his own humble abode on Buffalo Avenue in the city. The sign essentially seeks an answer to the question raised by the New York State Comptroller's audit of Mayor Dyster's city hall: Where is the unaccounted for taxpayer cash that was reported as lost in the May 2013 state audit? While the Reporter has raised this very same question a number of times in articles it is Skrlin who turns the question into both an artwork and political commentary that literally cries out to the heavens for an answer. Will the question be satisfied by Mayor Dyster and his controller? We doubt it. But in the world of art it's not the reception that the art receives that determines its worth, the value of the art is determined by its mere existence.
Franklin Justice Pierce, Jr.