The Good the Bad and the Ugly.
The title of the my most recent work. I have been collecting Wal-Street Journal hed-cuts for the last eight months or so, and over that time, pasting them to a large 6' x 4' board. There are almost 400 of these on this one board, and now I am starting my next group. I started doing this work as an exercise in discipline. It was helping me to get into my studio on a regular basis. If I didn't really know what I wanted to do there, I atleast knew I could cut and paste these pictures. I actually became more and more interested in the way that these images were coming together. To see so many faces, all drawn in basically the same fashion, meant to be a strong representation of the face of the individual they depict, and no more. Are they art in themselves? Someone drew them, does that make them art? They get put in the paper everyday, does that detract from their artistic nature? I don't know. What I am most interested in is the idea that aside from their names, and the context of those names in "the news", these are just people like you and me, faces like yours and mine, but in the "news" context they become The Good, the Bad, or the Ugly. We'll see what I do in the next eight months.