In its favour, if Google Glass didn’t exist, all these Silicon Valley guys would be having affairs or buying unsuitable motorbikes
“We Rose Up Slowly”, a tribute to one of my personal favourite romamce comics artists John Romita Snr., reappropriating a panel by John appropriated and turned into a painting by Roy Lichtenstein. I did this for “Image Duplicator”, a show that is going to be on at Orbital Comics, Leicester Square between May 16th and 31st, curated by Jason Atomic and Rian Hughes.
Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein currently has a show on at the Tate Modern in London. While the public is intimately familiar with his work, what they may be unaware of is how closely many of his images were “appropriated” from comic artists like Irv Novick, Russ Heath, Joe Kubert, Jack Kirby or John Romita, who received no fee or credit.
Is this an act of brilliant recontextualization? The elevation of commercial “low” culture to “high” art? Art world snobbery? Artistic license? Cultural annexation? Gallery shortsightedness? Or something else?
This show is a chance for real comic-book artists (and other “commercial artists” - illustrators, designers, etc) to ask these kinds of questions and share their views, via their work, and I am very excited to be taking part in it!
Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with samurai swords.
Part of our reality is that we invest others with mystical qualities; we force them to play the role we need. We invent situations, we live out, independently of others, a private dream relationship, and a private drama, and the frustration of this relationship is acted in a void, taking the greater part of our energies. — Anaïs Nin
Dan Savage, high school senior, 1982, Chicago.
Savage grew up in Rogers Park, attended Quigley Seminary Prep (Rush and Chestnut) for two years to become a priest, but ended up graduating from Metro High.
His button says, “You are cordially invited to go fuck yourself.”
photo via Chicago Reader
At least his hair got better?