Our pen pal sent us an article on some anarchist demonstrations in the Pacific Northwest. Have you heard of Austin Kleon? While our paint dried on another project, we stole his idea of blacking out newspaper pages to highlight only select words that create new meanings. We’ve wanted to do something like that ever since our friend John interviewed Austin on Art Heroes Radio. What better place to start than an article with lots of references to anarchy?!
O, Remember chaotic clothes
Downtown windows filled with pink pigment
Pop-fiction, and pirates
Nobody answered the door
Youth. A famous affair-
In Seattle, we might have been idiots
Among anarchist experiments
A movement, chaotic moments
A fogged bliss with daunting earnestness
Property damage, sealed by the stranger
Under a few people who weren’t even jailed for months
We started off doing a grid of an old comic book panel. But, compositionally, it just didn’t strike us. So, we went into a virtual world where you can build things in 3-D, and we built this guy’s helmet. We made it shiny and took ‘virtual’ photo references to get more familiar with our subject. By the time we got around to the canvas again, we felt more aware of the physical nature of this strange object.
The original panel dealt with a man who found an amazing suit allowing him to roam inside the earth, looking for buried treasures others might have lost or forgotten. In a general sense, that resembles exploring your own dreams. We often think of the unconscious or the dreaming mind as “below” our waking level of consciousness. Although you can encounter terrifying things, you also can have some wonderful adventures and make discoveries.
In a more specific sense, we have gone underground several times in our dreams. The thought bubble in this painting contains fragments of those dreams, torn from the pages of our typed dream journals. Some of them were scary, some were mysterious, some were wonderful. Being submerged or subterranean might make you feel secure and protected, or it might make you feel claustrophobic. Things die and rot underground, but things also take root and grow.
Fortunately for our dreamer in this piece, he has an awesome suit to help him safely navigate these unusual earthen realms. Pondering his mortality and its place in the march of life across this planet, he searches out what others buried and forgot. You can make up your own story about what he finds, but we believe this terra-naut will find inspiration.
Wow – it has been a lot of fun hosting our Captain Victory Gallery! Jack Kirby has certainly melted our brain circuits with this collection of splash panels. So much so that we were inspired to take one of his images and paint our own version – a tribute really, to the King. You can see below what we came up with. We hope you feel some similar inspiration from Jack Kirby, and that you go on to seek your cosmic destiny in bigger and bolder ways!
We’d like to give a special thank you to Alex Ross Collector for re-tweeting our Captain Victory posts, bringing in veritable legions of the cosmically curious. We also give props to Diversions of the Groovy Kind for sending truly titanic traffic our way to join the summer celebration. Guys and gals, we love comic books! Stick around. We’ve got even more to enthusiastically share with you. Thanks for reading!