"Rowdy" Roddy Piper Reported Dead at 61
Ah, the cruel end to Shakespeare’s seven ages of man, from Jacque’s “All the world’s a stage” monologue in As You Like It: “Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything”. The painter Jason Bard Yarmosky seems to have come to a similar conclusion about the links between the very old and the very young, populating his canvasses with a cast of the elderly (his main models being his own grandparents) dressed in the paraphernalia of childhood: cowboy-and-Indian gear, ballet tutus and superhero costumes. Consider it a little glimpse into the retirement homes of the future, populated by the cosplayers of today. More from Yarmosky’s “Elder Kinder” series below, as well as work by Sho Murase, James Hance and others.
There’s been a lot of art generated by people having fun with Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, but much of it has been predictable. Some have caught my eye, though. Sho Murase‘s incredibly sinister, incredibly stylized Slave Leia/Queen Grimhilde collision, for instance.
Coming to a similar conclusion was the king of this sort of thing, the relentlessly upbeat James Hance.
On a totally different note, culture-jamming street-art superstar Ron English has painted his first mural in the United States in quite a while, featuring his Hulk-referencing character Temper Tot. It’s on Little Italy’s Mulberry Street, if any New Yorkers fancy a gander (via Arrested Motion).
Talking of giant malevolent forces threatening New York, I recommend that everyone goes to the Art For Sandy Relief eBay page and bid on something. The original art for the Jason Latour Judge Dredd piece Art Barrage covered last week is there, and at the time of writing this, I’m the current high bidder. If you want to get in a bidding war with me over it, go ahead: It’s for a good cause.
Of course, sometimes I think a few artists have figured out my tastes, and know exactly what to produce as bait for inclusion in an Art Barrage. Hence Spleenal‘s Nigel Auchterlounie posting the next two images up at his blog.