Comic characters portrayed in the Pop Unintentional art series by Bob Kessel are
Captain America, Thor, Ironman, Hulk, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Dr. Strange,
Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Galactus, DareDevil, and many more.
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.
A big crowd turned out for Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC
guests enjoying Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC
pictured “SUPER SAVING” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC
picture of “Gossip” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC
Free Bob Kessel posters and art light boxes for the guests.
Milano Green Vodka made all the Bob Kessel art look better
“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.
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
Baked enamel paint and embossing on aluminum