This is a digital photo-collage from 1998. It's based on the cover of a men's adventure magazine from the 1960's (see below). On one level, I suppose I was just attracted to the obvious little joke in the juxtaposition of the word "life" with the rifle the male figure was holding, and the pathos of the deadpan look on the deer in the background. One I started restaging the image, using toys and railroad model set pieces, I started to enjoy the phoniness and staginess that crept in - or maybe "worsened" is a better word.
Here's a couple of little tech-y notes: the digital camera I was using then - I had it for my business at the time - was a "Sony Catseye", which was only capable of capturing one megapixel (versus twelve or fifteen for today's cheapie consumer cameras) - and cost $15,000! To get any sort of detail, I had to shoot the image in little sections and stitch them all together later on the computer. The body of the figure I used was a 1960's G.I. Joe, and he's on Johnny West's horse, same vintage.
This is a digital image from 1999 - it's a combination of a rendered figure from a 3D software called "Poser", a rendered background from another 3D software called "Bryce", and a digital photo of my wife, all collaged together with Photoshop.
The title "Antisuper" refers to the way the figure was created - by playing with the "superhero" knob in Poser, which bulks up the figures to heroic proportions. Putting in a negative value - especially a big one - makes the software go a bit crazy, and the figures explode into fantastic and unpredictable shapes, like the "mushroom cloud" shape here.
(At least, it used to work that way - I don't think it still does, which is a shame.)
This is a digital image I made in 1998. It's based on an illustration from a men's magazine from the 1960's of two cowboys who were tied together at the wrist in some sort of weird west fighting ritual.
When I first glanced at the image while flipping through the magazine I made two mistakes: I thought that the two cowboys were the same person, because of the way they were drawn, and I thought that they were dancing together. After I looked more carefully and realized this wasn't the case, I decided to make a version of the image based on my first impression, which I thought was more interesting.
I'm currently finishing up a painting based on this piece, which I'll post in a couple of weeks (unless I decide I hate it).
This is a study painted on masonite, about 36" x 48", from around 1991. Later I made a much bigger version on canvas - and had to use a mop to paint the background! The image is based on a 1950's paperback cover for a homophobic book called "The Homosexual Generation" (the blurb expanded this to "the sick, sick, sick homosexual generation").
I was interested in the image because of the confrontation between the perfectly coiffed and realistically painted foreground figure and the "abstract expressionist" background, and also because of the striking way the meaning of the term "sick generation" had changed with the intervening advent of AIDS.