Hello again dear readers,
Unless inspiration strikes, this may be my last blog post before the holidays, so I’ll say now that I hope everyone who celebrates has a great time. I pop’d out the image above as a way to visually convey the sentiment. As for me, well, I’m remaining hopeful. Last year around this time, I was in Los Angeles among the Krampus celebrants watching the general weirdness unfold while simultaneously exhibiting art at Copro Gallery with some very talented artists. At the moment, I’m in Texas, braving the states shifty weather, avoiding tea party members and examining the DC character Bizarro.
That being said, I do most of my reading digitally these days, but I was going through my stash of tangible reads a while back and rediscovered SUPERBOY #8. This isn’t an award-winning story as far as I know, but the sheer humor in the tale forced me set it aside for future use. Fast forward a month later, and I found myself scanning my favorite parts of the issue. The event was timely considering 2014 Miami Art Basil was just winding down and as usual, many people were complaining online about the content of the festival.
I have used the “Bizarro” symbol and mentality off and on in my work for the last two years. The symbol is often a backward “S” but for some reason in this issue the “S” is correct. I don’t pretend to know why and I’m certainly not a Bizarro historian, so I won’t guess. Anyway, in case you are unfamiliar with the lovable character, I’ll fill you in on my interpretation. Bizarro is the complete opposite of Superman. Bizarro isn’t really a villain, but like Andy Kaufman, he is a tremendous chaotic force that causes calamity simply because he exists.
The above explanation is only my interpretation of the character. You can probably find conflicting information on Bizarro. With that being said, I’ve posted my favorite scans of the issue below for your enjoyment. I also posted my most recent piece of art where I appropriated the Bizarro symbol.
It’s titled “The Problem With Getting Bigger & Stronger Is Your Dick Stays The Same Size”.
“Yes, But Am It Art?”
“Bizarro On Picasso”
“Bizarro On Abstract Expressionism”
“Bizarro Post Basil”
Until next time,
Happy holidays to you.