Monday, January 18, 2016

NOT SO DAY OF THE DEAD

This is for a future REGARDING THE SECRET LIFE OF RABBITS comic:

Dios de Plátano

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SURREAL SALON 8 - BATON ROUGE GALLERY

THE ADVOCATE wrote a lovely article about the SURREAL SALON 8!

THE ADVOCATE ARTICLE
I scrolled through the samples that they posted in their slide show. The work is AMAZING.
I also fell off my chair with slide #13.
Slide # 13 is my IRISH HARE:



If you are in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area, I strongly recommend seeing this show.

SURREAL SALON 8
Surreal Salon 8 is aimed at once again engaging audiences in a multi-sensory art experience like no other in the region by shedding light on the growing popularity and exceptional quality of the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement. Submissions were reviewed via a blind jurying process that ensured that works were selected based solely on their artistic merit (the juror did not see an artist’s name, resume or contact information).

Over the years, Surreal Salon has enlisted well-known and well-respected jurors for Surreal Salon – including the co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, Greg Escalante and internationally-renowned artist, Shag - to assist in making Surreal Salon as artistically engaging as possible. That tradition is once again renewed in 2016 with one of pop-surrealism's most recognizable artists, Elizabeth McGrath, serving as Special Guest Juror and personally selecting each work to be included in the exhibition from the submissions received. -- Juxtapoz Magazine

Be sure to also check out the Juror's work:
ELIZABETH MCGRATH

BATON ROUGE GALLERY
Baton Rouge Gallery - Center for Contemporary
Art 1515 Dalrymple Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
225.383.1470

Saturday, January 9, 2016

THE INCENDIARY COMIC

People died because of cartoons. We know that cartoons can be used as weapons. History tells us this –
An artist always has the choice to NOT do a cartoon that will feed hatred.
-- Patrick Chappatte: The power of cartoons
INCENDIARY CARTOONS
I believe there is power in art. People see images and through their own experiences and subsequent filters, give those images power. Cartoons and art are used to communicate “enlightening ideas”, support and they are used to “stir the fire” for nefarious reasons.
PROPOGANDA is a fine example of all of the above. History has shown this to be absolutely true.

The most recent example that I can think of was the deaths with the CHARLIE HEBDO attack on January 7, 2015.
I witnessed the world split in their opinion:
an artist has a RIGHT to draw whatever they want vs. the artists KNEW what was going to happen.

Many people do not realize that there were artists at Charlie Hebdo who passed on the assignment citing that their refusal was out of "personal responsibility". The magazine is notorious for printing incendiary images that would elicit everything from laughter to outrage.

Personally, I believe no one should be censored. I also believe that an artist does have a responsibility when publishing a piece.
I have always stood by these proclamations.

One would think that drawing a rabbit-oriented comic would keep an artist out of trouble.
One would think.

UNEARTHED COMICS -- Sara Zimmermam




I had an idea that I have kept hidden. I knocked it around. I sketched it out. I drew it. It really didn't have a "good feel.” Still, I wondered if people would like it.
I put it out on my Facebook page and simply asked for public opinion.

Now that I have built up the idea that I suddenly became horrifically political and made a loud polarizing statement – here is the image that caused a rukus:



Some laughed.Some decided that they did not like the message but thought others would like it. Some were outright angered/horrified and sent me email to say so. It was a most interesting mix.

I sat and thought, “Wow. This little comic made for one long thread in social media.”

I have said it before and I will say it again: Rabbit Folk are a passionate people.
This is why I love them.
I am proud to admit I am one of them.

I played around with the concept above but it just did not have the same punch.
That is my confession: there is part of me that is dark. There is part of me that likes the "punch".
And that was what I liked about this cartoon: it was a punch in the gut.

I asked myself whether it flowed in the vein of what I am doing with the comic as a whole.
Do I really want people think someone would actually leave a soul behind? Plus ... the sentiment has been done before ...

Here is the comic that was birthed:


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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

STOP! RABBIT TIME!

I would like to take a moment to announce that as of January 2016, RABBIT TIME, the Netherland's premier online rabbit magazine, will be (on occasion) featuring REGARDING THE SECRET LIFE OF RABBITS!

RABBIT TIME
Ons initiatief:
Het idee om een konijnenmagazine te beginnen  is  in 2012 ontstaan.  We hadden namelijk in eerste instantie gewoon zelf behoefte aan een leuk en informatief konijnenblad, want dat bleek in Nederland en België nog helemaal niet te bestaan. Verder bedachten wij ons dat er vast nog veel meer  konijneneigenaren zijn, die wat meer over hun konijn willen lezen. Zodoende zijn we met een creatief team van vrijwilligers, die natuurlijk allemaal een passie voor konijnen hebben, in het voorjaar van 2013 gestart met Rabbit Time

or, as I attempt to translate via Google:
Our initiative:
The idea to start a rabbit magazine emerged in 2012. We had in fact initially just wanted a fun and informative rabbits magazine because there weren't any in the Netherlands or Belgium. We also figured that there are probably many rabbit owners who wanted to read more about their rabbit. We are a creative team of volunteers who, of course, all have a passion for rabbits. The spring of 2013 marked the beginning of
Rabbit Time!

I am pleased and excited to be part of this Netherland/Belgium Bunny-Lovers' magazine!