I'm taking part in the project/show "Image Duplicator" in London. It's basically a response to the huge Roy Lichtenstein retrospective that is currently on display at the Tate Modern.
Here's the project outline:
WHERE: A show at the Orbital Gallery, Leicester Square, London
WHEN: May 16th-31st, - a week pre and post the end of the Tate's
Lichtenstein show, with a possibility of extending it for another week
HIGH CONCEPT: Pop
artist Roy Lichtenstein currently has a show on at the Tate. While the
public is intimately familiar with his work, what they may be unaware of
is how closely many of his images were "appropriated" from comic
artists like Irv Novick, Russ Heath, Jack Kirby, John Romita and Joe
Kubert, who received no fee or credit.
Is this an act of brilliant recontexturalisation? The elevation of
commercial "low" art to "high" art? Art world snobbery? Artistic
licence? Cultural annexation? Gallery shortsightedness? Or something
This show is a chance for real comic-book artists (and other "commercial
artists" - illustrators, designers etc) to ask these kinds of questions
and share their views, via their work.
THE PLAN:Every interested comic artist should "re-reappropriate" one of the
comic images Lichtenstein used, and rework it, using some of their
'commercial art' drawing skills, to warp and twist it into something
interesting and original, and in the process to comment on this type of
The IMPORTANT thing to stress is that you'd be going back to the source
material and re-reappropriating Coletta, Novick, Kirby et al - NOT
Here's a great collection of comic panels which were copied by Lichtenstein.
Well, I chose to do a variation of the
title page of "Run for Love", from Secret Hearts No. 83, by Tony Abruzzo. It was the model for Roy
Lichtenstein's painting "Drowning Girl".
Here's the original page....
... and this is my take on it.