"Pirate Cindy" poked fun of the art world and the most hated and feared art critic of the time, Charlie Finch, an art-world "Pirate". Finch co wrote "Most Art Sucks" and the "Coagula" journals.
In this installation, Tower's pickup truck was transformed into a pirate ship, actors were hired with real parrots on their shoulders to cuss at the audience. Viewers gazed at seascapes and pirate/art critic portraits through a veneer of alcohol bottles. Rum and coke was served.

Installation, "Pirate Cindy"
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Gang plank with artist pallet
1998
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"Pirate Cindy" show at Trans Hudson Gallery, NYC
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View through ship railings

"Pirate Cindy" at TransHudson Gallery, New York City

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Side view of ship
1998
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"Pirate Cindy" show at TransHudson Gallery, New York City
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Art in America

Review by Janet Koplas

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Back end of "Pirate Ship"
1998
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Artist turned pickup truck into a pirate ship using gallery columns as masts and canvas as sails. All truck parts were incorporated. Truck's front end was gilded and transformed into a "Treasure Chest" in the second room.
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Time Out

Review by Linda Yablonsky

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Sails
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View showing captain's walk with cabin door ajar

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Cab interior
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Ship cabin interior

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Cabin interior with photos of truck in its youth
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Cabin interior

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Side door with map
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Pirate Muffler/flag

"Pirate Cindy" Installation at TransHudson Gallery, New York City

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Painted Truck Seat

Detail Women Pirates painted on truck seats, Piraqte Cindy, TransHudson Gallery, New York, NY
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Dismantling Truck in front of 56 South 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Making "Pirate Cindy" show

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Treasure chest; side view
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Treasure chest/ truck front end with gilded engine parts

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Painted pirate treasure/truck parts
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Gold ship compass

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"Peg leg" stick shift
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Ship Anchor made from truck engine

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Installation Shot
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Cannon from truck axle

Cindy Tower Installation, "Pirate Cindy" Oil paint and photos of dealers, artists and collectors in bottles on canvas
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Octopus
1998
Oil paint and photos of dealers, artists and collectors in bottles on canvas

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Octopus Detail showing Dennis Hopper in bottle in Bottle
1998
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"Pirate Cindy" exhibition

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Tatoo
1998
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Tatoo Detail of shoulder

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Fifteen Men on a Dead Man's Chest
1998
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"Pirate Cindy" series
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Detail Fifteen Men on a Deadman's Chest
1998
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Detail showing artist's father in center bottom bottle

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Wreck
1997
Oil, bottle, photo on canvas

From the "Pirate Cindy" series; painted at Chaffinch State Park, CT
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Portrait of Charlie Finch
1997
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Portrait of the most hated and feared New York art critic at the time, coauthor of the Coagula journals and book titled, "Most Art Sucks"

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Bring Back, Bring Back
1997
Oil, bottles, photos, song on canvas

From the "Pirate Cindy" series
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Muscle Man
1998
Oil, muscles on canvas

From "Pirate Cindy" Series

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Portrait of Luke Rodney
1997
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From the Pirate series
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Ransom

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Flotsome and Jetsome
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I dream of Jeanie

Portrait of Charlie Finch with Jeanie Deans of the Sidney Janis Gallery, NYC

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Portrait with bird