Art Barrage | Space men, moon maids & more comic art in odd places
Following up from last week’s opening of their joint exhibitions at New York City’s John Levine Gallery, the contemporary art magazine Hi-Fructose has an image-rich, wholly enthusiastic review of the twin shows of Ashley Wood and Jeremy Geddes.
Another sometimes-comics artist, James Jean, is again producing work in unexpected formats (remember his delightful wooden wedding invitations?). Check out that work, and more by street artists Joe & Max, sculptor Tim Bruckner, Tim Maclean and more, below.
Jean seems to be that rare thing, a comic artist making inroads into the world of fashion (racking my brains, the only other I can think of is Paul Pope’s occasional work with Diesel). Jean has worked with fabric before (producing the intricate print “Duelists” on silk), and has now designed a rather fancy pair of scarves in a few colorways for the high-end Hong Kong boutique Lane Crawford. He will be in Hong Kong through Friday “transforming the BLITZ Canton Road space into his world of fantasy and enchantment as he personally paints and designs the space that will serve as an installation and a home to showcase his collection.”
Occasional manga artist Hayao Miyazaki’s character Totoro has taken on something of a life of its own since its movie debut in 1988. This latest incarnation, as a life-size bed/sleeping bag hybrid, should make perfect sense to fans of the Studio Ghibli mascot.
Another year, another multimedia relaunch for Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. U.K. 3D street art company Joe & Max (you may remember their work from plugging The Dark Knight Rises in Madrid) has produced this impressive work to publicize the U.K. television broadcast of the new TMNT animated series. Cue much mucking about by excited Londoners.
English multimedia artist Michael Latimer continues to swipe his way across the Marvel Universe. His latest is called “Feral.”
I really enjoyed this blog entry by Tim Bruckner on the joys of translating comics legend Frank Frazetta’s paintings into sculpture. The way Frazetta typically piled the objects of his compositions into a pyramid in their center makes for a ready adaptation in three dimensions, and Bruckner captures everything good in Frazetta’s work perfectly. Here’s his version of the classic cover illustration for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Moon Maid.
I missed these when artist Tim Maclean was publicizing his summer exhibition “Fragments & Phantoms” at the Subtext Gallery in San Diego, and was delighted when I saw them highlighted recently at the design blog Abduzeedo. Maclean playfully, and rather intelligently, conflates superheroes with the classical mythical archetypes they are derived from, and produces work mixing their iconography. My favorite is his “Wonder Woman x Athena.”