Sunday, April 15, 2007

powers often

A parody of Charles and Ray Eames' classic film Powers of Ten (more). The notion that Homer Simpson's smooth cartoon skin could contain all those levels of nested detail strikes me as particularly absurd.

I'm just back from D.C., where I got the chance to see to see Saul Steinberg: Illuminations at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. (I failed to see it last time I was in NYC). The show itself was slightly disappointing
a lot of early or otherwise slight or marginal workbut it is fueling some thoughts on the relationship of comics/cartoons and modern art. The dialectic between the familiarity and the iconic power of the former and the strangeness and defamiliarization of the latter is particularly interesting. More soon, I hope.

See also the work of Peter Blegvad.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The writers for the Simpsons have an uncanny talent for making anything, even the most awe-inspiring concepts, laughable. Matt Groening must love his job.

8:30 AM  
Blogger arthur said...

And—at least in this example—they make their joke while keeping the awe.

11:58 AM  

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