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SF versions of famous artworks
posted by fearfulsymmetry (31 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
"Nude Descending a Staircase" is already the SF version of itself.
posted by kenko at 9:46 AM on February 5, 2012 [16 favorites]


Those are very well executed. Tristan Elwell's Mona Lisa is, somehow, riveting— much like the original. I did not expect that! And, just as it is with the real Mona Lisa, I can't quite put my finger on why it holds my attention the way it does.
posted by heyho at 9:46 AM on February 5, 2012


Really glad that it was more than just the Mona Lisa with twenty eyes or something. I'd still argue against the inclusion of Gonzo as Whistler's Mother, though... the Muppets aren't really SF or fantasy in my book, they're just the Muppets.
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:50 AM on February 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is it surprising that the Twilight piece was the weakest of the bunch?

Not at all.
posted by oddman at 9:55 AM on February 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


I was really hoping for a Wookie Mona Lisa.
posted by jonmc at 9:58 AM on February 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


5 Comic Book Direct Pieta Homages | More Pieta-Influenced Covers Or They Just Feature People Holding Dead People And Frankly There's Only So Many Ways You Can Draw That
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:00 AM on February 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Most of these are quite well executed. Most of them are more than mere parodies, which makes this worth a second (and third, and forth) look.

Also: the American Revolution would have been much cooler if there had been dragon-riders.
posted by asnider at 10:17 AM on February 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


The Melniboneans are coming! The Melniboneans are coming!
posted by Artw at 10:22 AM on February 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow, what a find! These are all amazing. I found the dog & Victrola one to be profound, I love the how the light & sound motif is enhanced by the flashlight eyes of the dog.
posted by I've wasted my life at 10:37 AM on February 5, 2012


Thank you
posted by infini at 10:40 AM on February 5, 2012


Yes, the quality of 'mashup art' is really improving. There are so many people doing it, it's easy to skim off the best, but that which we call 'best' IS truly awesome.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:58 AM on February 5, 2012


These really run the spectrum from well executed, subtle, or nuanced to demonstrating a deep misunderstanding of the original and of art in general.
posted by cmoj at 10:58 AM on February 5, 2012 [7 favorites]


Can anyone identify what Star Wars book had the Pieta knockoff as its cover? I really want to read that now.
posted by d. z. wang at 11:57 AM on February 5, 2012


Medstar II: Jedi Healer
posted by the_artificer at 12:06 PM on February 5, 2012


Can anyone identify what Star Wars book had the Pieta knockoff as its cover? I really want to read that now.

MedStar II: Jedi Healer

(As an aside, I love being able to give search engines an image from a webpage and have them return pages that image is found on. TinEye may have been the first good one, but Google added this feature to Google Images a while back too.)
posted by radwolf76 at 12:06 PM on February 5, 2012


(I knew I shouldn't have taken the extra time to plug reverse image searching. I owe the_artificer a coke.)
posted by radwolf76 at 12:08 PM on February 5, 2012


1. I definitely agree that the Muppets don't really count as SF.

2. Jo Walton's Tooth and Claw is such a good book!

3. The comic-book version of Freedom From Want has a bit more cleavage than the original... And by "a bit" I mean a ridiculous amount.
posted by overglow at 1:20 PM on February 5, 2012


The cover of To Sail Beyond The Sunset? Really? I don't know which is more embarrassing, the book or the cover art.
posted by asterix at 2:04 PM on February 5, 2012


TSBTS's cover was pretty classic Vallejo, if a bit spartan. Most of these look pretty decent, but I'm still a bit disappointed that "SF" seems to primarily mean Star Wars and Cthulhu as usual.
posted by anateus at 2:12 PM on February 5, 2012


You can make the case that Vallejo is a hack, but he is a very competent hack. I find his interpretation of Venus considerably more compelling than the original because in the original Venus is flinching, drawing back, trying with little success to hider herself and looking something like wistful or lost or confused. OK, it is her birth and maybe she has some maturing to do, but this doesn't strike me as the image of a godlike figure.

Vallejo's venus, though, is proud and unashamed (though her hair inadvertently does the censor's work), projecting her sexuality which is after all her primary power as a goddess. Vallejo's Venus also reminds me of several versions of Major Arcana 21 of the Tarot. This is the image of a godlike figure.

Of course I'm sure Vallejo was just going for fappable, but the thing is that any credible image of Venus should be fappable or what the hell is her power after all.
posted by localroger at 2:27 PM on February 5, 2012


She looks dead! Or at least like she's suffering from hypothermia. Skin shouldn't be that blue.
posted by asterix at 2:49 PM on February 5, 2012


People, Gonzo an alien. That makes this SF, fair and square.
posted by oddman at 2:53 PM on February 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Skin shouldn't be that blue.

If the light is blue, the skin will look blue.

Why does the word "blue" suddenly seem like it must be misspelled?
posted by localroger at 3:05 PM on February 5, 2012


Fabulous, but I wish the original artworks had preceded the SF versions in each pair. I find myself scrolling down to see the original first before the re-do.
posted by andrewesque at 3:18 PM on February 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can't look at a reproduction of Picasso's 'Three Musicians' without thinking of Don Fagen's video for 'New Frontier'.
posted by ovvl at 3:29 PM on February 5, 2012


Omg, these are so fun and cool! Thank you.
posted by nickyskye at 3:39 PM on February 5, 2012


The first thing I wondered was how long it would take this to show up on Nerds Ruin Everything, but it looks kind of defunct.
posted by valrus at 4:17 PM on February 5, 2012


Ah, Boris Vallejo. I remember getting a Vallejo calendar for Christmas when I was 8ish, my parents not realizing that, of the 12 months, almost all the clothes were there on the front cover. I completely lost interest in opening the rest of my presents as I flipped slowly from month to month, which eventually attracted my parents' attention, which resulted in an investigation, which resulted in me losing my precious.
posted by eddydamascene at 9:01 PM on February 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


Why does the word "blue" suddenly seem like it must be misspelled?

Semantic satiation.
posted by asterix at 10:03 PM on February 5, 2012


Maybe I missed it, but no such collection is complete without this one.
posted by alexei at 12:32 AM on February 6, 2012


Aw, I clicked the link thinking it was going to be things like a statue of Adam in contraposto, wearing ear plugs and a lumberjack shirt, holding a cardboard cup of Blue Bottle....

..though Gonzo as Whistler's mother was pretty awesome...
posted by joshwa at 2:53 AM on February 6, 2012


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