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16 comments on “CHOOSE LIFE

  1. elmediat says:

    Love hate this. πŸ˜€
    Great composition.
    As someone with a great love & respect for the comic book medium and its multiple genres, I despair at the mutilation of a piece of disposable art. At least it was re-purposed into new art. which makes it okay ( though I still may have bad dreams). πŸ™‚

    • Hello, Fig says:

      Hm, so do u think ‘disposable’ art shouldn’t be repurposed? Not sure I get you elme..?

      • elmediat says:

        No, I just have an emotional attachment to what most would see as disposable art. The same way a stamp aficionado might cringe at stamps being used in a collage. It is all fair game. As I have stated on my blogs, one of principles of Mass Media is that – Mass Media consumes other Mass Media, incorporating the medium & the medium’s content into itself. This process and its product is call Neco-Media. A collage is the epitome of the Necro-Media.

        With mass reproduction the value of the content shifts. Some of the value comes from uniqueness/ original product or first edition and mint quality. Some of the value is derived from social significance. Some of the value is emotional. πŸ™‚

      • Hello, Fig says:

        Ok I see, I see πŸ˜ƒ I guess as a collage artist I tend to see literally everything as fair game which is maybe a limited view.. What do u think of Lichtenstein’s appropriation of cartoon images? I think the original Pop artists maybe commented on the proliferation of mass media by including it in their work..

        Anyhow, the collage above I saw as a continuation of this, perhaps, a sincerely positive ‘note’ to strike (that could also be taken ironically, re: Trainspotting) and a straightforward ‘joke’ ~ which cover of Life magazine would you choose? πŸ˜‰

      • elmediat says:

        In regards to Lichtenstein’s appropriation and how it is viewed by the comic artists and many of their fans – keep in mind what he did is re-produce actual panels of other artists work. Consider if someone reproduced your work digitally on another material and then was seen as an original “creator” and offered huge some sums of money.

        Here is an example of a creative response to that genius “Roy” – it also provides information about the The Hero Initiative.

        http://www.neatorama.com/neatogeek/2014/11/12/Comic-Artist-Russ-Heath-Shares-His-View-Of-Lichtensteins-Appropriation/

        There is a morally grey area that disposable art creates – it is an early development of what we now see in Mass Media technology with illegal downloads and what is a public and what is private.

        Your work is amazing, as is that of the artists you have been featuring. I shows real talent and creative thought – it is not just whole sale reproduction.

        πŸ™‚

      • elmediat says:

        “It shows real talent” I show real talent for typos. πŸ˜€

        My wife is a retired art teacher, so this generated a family dinner table discussion. πŸ˜‰

  2. Hello, Fig says:

    yeah think i’d seen Russ Heath’s strip before.. there should surely be some artistic law in place that protects comic book (or other) artists whose work has been used ‘wholesale’, as in, no alterations made at all, just re-contextualised. tbh if i was Roy i’d have ‘split my winnings’ with whoever’s art i’d taken

    maybe ‘disposable’ is a technical term (?) but taken literally i don’t see it as that at all ~ really good comic book art is as ‘valuable’, in purely visual terms, as a Monet or a Bacon (two completely random examples) imo. the reason i used the superman image above is because it felt too GOOD not to use, you know? (!)

    really good to ‘chat’ elme! and thank you for the talent comment.. i’m working on it! πŸ˜‰

    [p.s ~ hope ‘whoever’s is a word haha]

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