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ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE! by Bob Kessel


BOB KESSEL ART SHOW AT
MoCCA (the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art)
SoHo, New York City

 THURSDAY MAY 17, 2012

Drinks provided by Milano Green Vodka.

guests enjoying Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC
A big crowd turned out for Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC
guests received free Bob Kessel posters and light boxes at MoCCA NYC
guest showing their free Bob Kessel posters at MoCCA NYC
pictured “Eightman” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC
guest with Bob Kessel poster “Pulp” at MoCCA NYC
guest with Bob Kessel poster “Osaka it to me” at MoCCA NYC
guest with Bob Kessel poster “Kawaii” at MoCCA NYC
guest with free Bob Kessel light box at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Super Square” at MoCCA NYC

Milano Green Vodka made all the Bob Kessel art look better

Milano Green Vodka served
Milano Green Vodka Bottle
drinks for Bob Kessel Art Show supplied by Milano Green
Bob Kessel greeting guests at MoCCA Art Show
pictured Bob Kessel print “Darknight” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Reverse Flash” and “Godhead” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Supernacular” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel aluminum print “Action 1″ at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Super Square” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Mjolnir” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “My Hero” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Cosmic” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Mean and Green” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Winghead” at MoCCA NYC
guests enjoying Milano Green Vodka at Bob Kessel Art Show at MoCCA
pictured Bob Kessel print “Les Fauves” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel prints “Godhead” and “Mjolnir” at MoCCA NYC
Kay Kessel speaking to guests at Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC
guest in front of Bob Kessel print “Mjolnir” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Big Chin” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel art “Supernacular” and “Darknight” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel art “Gossip” and “Les Fauves” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Supernacular” at MoCCA NYC
Silke, Kay, Yoshiko at Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel print “Godhead” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel art “Reverse Flash” and “Godhead” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel prints “Eightman” and “Osaka it to me” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel art “Gossip”, “Eightman” and “Osaka it to me” at MoCCA NYC
guests enjoying Bob Kessel artworks at MoCCA NYC
guest with Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC
Bob Kessel signing posters at MoCCA NYC
Bob Kessel with guest at MoCCA NYC
Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel art “My Hero”
pictured Bob Kessel art “Les Fauves” at MoCCA NYC
guests in front of Bob Kessel art “Cosmic” at MoCCA NYC
pictured Bob Kessel art “Darknight” at MoCCA NYC
pictured “My Hero” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC
picture of “Gossip” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC
picture of “Cosmic” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC
pictured “Flash”, “Godhead”, “Mjolnir”, “Mean and Green” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC

“ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE!” art show by Bob Kessel at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art,  New York City on  May 17, 2012 at 6 pm

MoCCA (the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) 594 Broadway, Suite 401 (btwn. Houston and Prince) New York, NY 10012, presents an exhibition of artworks by Bob Kessel. The show on May 17, 2012 at 6 pm is titled “ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE!” and features art inspired by comicbook super-heroes like Thor, Ironman, Captain America, Hulk, Batman, Superman, Spiderman and many more.

based on art lover by norman rockwell

 

The show primarily consists of prints on paper roughly 3 by 3 feet square, or should I say in many cases, diamond shaped. The art, much like comicbooks, is made out of black lines, in this case, straight lines, some razor thin, some massively thick, surrounding primary colors of red, blue and yellow. To describe Bob Kessel’s art in simple terms, his work is… simple.

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple,
awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

- CHARLES MINGUS

This remark provides a clue to an aspect of Bob Kessel’s work that his apparent iconoclasm and irreverence have tended to conceal. He has remained in an important way a classical artist. Along with the images of superheroes there is an abiding commitment to composition. The language of form is what guides him to what lies behind his trivialized subjects, whether they come from pop culture or the history of art. Like all great artists, he uses  what is around him for inspiration, commentary, and, in Kessel’s case, a healthy amount of deconstructionist verve and wit. Like a jazz player, he takes a familiar tune and then uses that as a takeoff point to do his own original riffs on the theme.

Bob Kessel, born and raised in New York City, says about the show, “Historically, artists have always painted mythological figures, Hercules, Venus, Apollo. Superheroes represent the new modern myths, so it stands to reason that they should be the subject of our modern art.”

Those familiar with Bob Kessel’s artwork know that he works in series. Many are based on his extensive knowledge of art history with takeoffs on Picasso’s Minotaurs, Matisse’s Odalisques, or Cezanne’s Bathers. He mixes together different art styles to produce unexpected hybrids. Like Japanese Kaiju (monsters) with Italian Futurism, or Hello Kitty with Edvard Munch.

Now Bob Kessel has created a new art series where he turns his Fine Art sensibilities on the world of Comics. He describes this show as, “The Comicbook World meets the Fine Art World.” Neither one will be the same again.

ACTION #1 by Bob Kessel

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HANGIN’ AROUND by Bob Kessel

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WINGHEAD by Bob Kessel

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MJOLNIR by Bob Kessel

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IRONMEN by Bob Kessel

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MEAN AND GREEN by Bob Kessel

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DARKNIGHT by Bob Kessel

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SUPERNACULAR by Bob Kessel

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REVERSE FLASH by Bob Kessel

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godhead2-bob-kessel

GODHEAD by Bob Kessel

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LES FAUVES by Bob Kessel

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SUPER SAVING by Bob Kessel

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SUPER SIZE ME by Bob Kessel

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BIG CHIN CHIN by Bob Kessel

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SUPER SQUARE by Bob Kessel

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SUPER BOOGIE WOOGIE by Bob Kessel

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COSMIC by Bob Kessel

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SWINGER by Bob Kessel

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OSAKA IT TO ME by Bob Kessel

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8thMAN by Bob Kessel

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GOSSIP by Bob Kessel

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