Sunday, July 19, 2009

Michael Jackson : MMIX

Jackson as a crumbling cracking statue for the next issue of The Indypendent.


Dommy said...

Your abuse of classical imagery for this drawing disgusts and disturbs me.

Dommy said...

I appreciate the fact that you text me in the middle of the night.

Actually, if I wasn't being sardonic, I would say that it's a very interesting combination of imagery that you've used here. Mostly because of (how I perceive) most people perceive classical imagery. Usually it falls under the category of the staid founders of Western civilization who must be revered at all costs.

But for some reason the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this are the casinos decked out as Caesar's palace. I think it's because of the laurel crown. I don't recall it on very many ancient busts, but it does repeatedly show up on modern renditions. And that seemed to fit more with Michael Jackson the entertainer, as opposed to Michael Jackson the propagator of Western civilization.

S.M.Vidaurri said...

After the backlash of his death, he was immediately revered, but I found it hard to feel that way. No one will say he wasn't talented, but I grew weary of al sharpton saying he made it okay for black people to sing. That's quite a dubious comment, seeing as he is not even close to the popular first black musician. I would argue Bert Williams made it okay for black people to sing, but, who am I to make that claim? Not Al Sharpton I gather.

So jackson had almost overnight become the symbol that he was only ever briefly in his life. And that's where I thought of crumbling statues, tarnished ideals and so forth.

Also I thought jackson fit well among the ancient civilizations. His fondness for young male children perhaps?


Dommy said...

Hmm, well it seems like you read more of the coverage than I did. I didn't even know that Al Sharpton deigned to comment about this. But I guess, what hasn't he commented about. I stayed clear of the frenzy following MJ's passing, because it was just a big circus to keep us glued to the television sets. And everybody rushed to cash in on it, including a slew of people who had sordid stories to tell.

Obviously you're right when you say that he has become a symbol of something he was only for a short period of time. I think that happens alot in different situations - ultimately it is the difference between what is experienced and what is remembered. Usually we need a story, and once there's an ending we can create the meaning we want with the memories we create. And the more complicated aspects tend to get swept under the rug because they don't contribute to the narrative we want.

Anyway, this is just a lot of words to tell you that your picture is stupid.

pw! said...

i think this is a helluva concept, and an especially smart and sharp piece by you. i think it says SO very much. i love mostly how thoughtful all of your pieces are, even if it's a cat or a tree, i swear it always gives me pause. right no, the flurry of pieces about Jackson are either comical, blind tribute, or mocking. this is honest to god the first one i've seen that actually has something to say about how complex his story really is.

Eric Orchard said...

Great image!