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27th-Feb-2010 10:59 pm

Drowning Girl, by Roy Lichtenstein.

I tell no lie,

I've been head over heels in love with Lichtenstein since I first ever encountered his work, and this before the love of comics that I've acquired in recent years, though I don't doubt the love is related.

It's the way in which Lichtenstein's panels strip the original art of all context, presenting single moments on their own that appeals to me so much, acting in a way as a commentary on the comics he drew the work from.There's a custom on scans_daily of posting single panels out of context - this panel from the most recent Wonder Woman comic is an example. Of course, in the case of S_D, it's being donw for the innuendo and the humour, but it's still an effect I love. Remove the context and the viewer has to add their own. Remove the context and you're forced to focus on just this one panel and what it says.

Drowning Girl to me, isn't about a girl who is drowning, and it never ever has been. It's about the way women are depicted in fiction and in comics and in art. About the way women are told by male artists and writers and other constructors of narrative about how we're 'supposed' to behave or how they think we behave - a straw character of female hysteria. The obvious four colour origin, bold simple lines, comic-style thought bubble emphasise that the subject isn't a person, but a caricature of a person - it's a painting of a painting, a still life of a comic, and an observation about artists and readers rather than real women.

I adore it.
27th-Feb-2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
fffffffffffff Lichtenstein is the bomb diggity. I usually zip through pieces in a museum, but his pieces ALWAYS make me stop and stare.
1st-Mar-2010 10:58 am (UTC)
Gratuitous icon comment. I love Liechtenstein.
1st-Mar-2010 04:01 pm (UTC) - TROLLAN HERE OR SOMETHING
I still do not get the allure of Lichtenstein; to me he has always been someone who takes other people's artwork and redoes it and then says, "LOOK I AM TAKING LOW ART AND PAINTING IT THAT MAKES IT HIGH ART WORSHIP ME!!!" and then everyone does because OHOHO HE IS SO CLEVER MAKING HIGH ART OUT OF LOW ART BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT COMICS ARE WORTHLESS TRASH BUT PAINTINGS OF COMICS ARE EDGY AND AWESOME!!!

So yeah.
1st-Mar-2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
While I think I intuit what you mean by 'high' and 'low' art, I don't think I'd be comfortable trying to draw that line. I like comics, and I like art and I like Lichtenstein, obviously.

But in no way do I believe my appreciation of his work means I think comics are worthless trash. If I did, I wouldn't like art that is about comics.
1st-Mar-2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's mostly just raeg at the Art World and how apparently because the medium I love has word bubbles and has been used for popular things most of the time, that means it's not allowed to sit at the Grownups Table and can't possibly be considered anything redeemable.

Do not mind me, I'm just being a wanky bitter comics person!

(I did not make that clear enough; I don't really hate on you for liking Lichtenstein, I just rage at the mention of him and did so out loud this time! You obv. are not judging the medium, on account of you are p. awesome. &hearts )
1st-Mar-2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
I like to throw Sandman at people's heads when they do that.Even if they the go into "but that's not a comic, that's a Graphic Novel and is High Literature that just happens to be in that format, and it doesn't stop actual comics from being shitty, no exceptions" I keep throwing Sandman at people's heads, because having 11 hefty trade paperbacks thrown at your head hurts and will eventually stop people from being arses.
1st-Mar-2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
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