In August 2021, I became a contributor to The Masculinist, a website exploring men, faith, and culture.
From August 9, 2021: THERE’S NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT THESE PAINTED COMICS
Roy Lichtenstein “Okay Hot Shot, Okay” 1963 80” x 68” Photograph [Fair Use] Wikiart
I was a huge fan of the comic Calvin and Hobbes back in the day. As an artist, I especially enjoyed the commentary creator Bill Watterson periodically injected about art world pretensions.
In one example, the boy and his tiger exchange a dialogue describing different assumptions about art. Acting as a mouthpiece for creative class attitudes, Calvin describes a painting on a wall as moving, enriching, and sublime high art. He then looks at a newspaper comic, which he states are juvenile, commercial hack work – low art.
However, in the next frame Calvin contemplates a painting of a comic strip panel; this, he asserts, is sophisticated, ironic, and philosophical high art.
When Hobbes inquires what a cartoon of a painting of a comic strip would be, Calvin defaults back to claiming it is sophomoric, sterile low art.
This is a comic strip as a Mobius strip, a perfect little meta-package. It’s more effective, insightful, and telling than a whole museum-load of what passes for art these days.
Read the whole article here: THE MASCULINIST – THERE’S NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT THESE PAINTED COMICS
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