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March 31, 2008 8:28 AM   Subscribe

Spock (nsfw) -- titled "Planet New Hampshire," part of Superhero Lonely, a 2005 exhibition of paintings by John Jacobsmeyer. posted by brownpau (19 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Shaved is the only rational choice.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:44 AM on March 31, 2008 [2 favorites]


Fascinating.
posted by rlk at 8:46 AM on March 31, 2008


Live schlong and prosper.
posted by tapeguy at 9:06 AM on March 31, 2008 [3 favorites]


He's naked, Jim.
posted by Dizzy at 9:13 AM on March 31, 2008


It's a lot like something Komar and Melamid might have done if Star Trek had been Soviet. It's pretty good.
posted by Mayor Curley at 9:18 AM on March 31, 2008


The way that picture's cropped, we'll never know if Spock is cut or uncut. I think it's pointed just like his ears. And I'll bet his baby batter is green.
posted by jonmc at 9:26 AM on March 31, 2008


Best of the web.
posted by spock at 9:33 AM on March 31, 2008 [9 favorites]


Above the hands, a pair of white arrows depicts movement, a reference to American Sign Language. This amplification of classic hand gestures—used extensively since the beginnings of figurative art—into the embodied language of the deaf, is a device Jocobsmeyer uses in many paintings, with mixed results. In “Howl: Lou Ferrigno’s Soliloquy in Central Park” (2005), we see the wide eyed “Hulkster” with a Beatle haircut, his pumped arms motioning, trying to express some unstated point. Yellow curved arrows above the hands contain the beginning text of Alan Ginsberg’s “Howl” written in reverse. However clever or facile these kinds of painterly devices are, unless carried out to some more absurd extreme, they seem a distraction from the overall thrust of the paintings, as if to overcompensate for some perceived lack of conceptual content that the paintings, in their own right, don’t really call for.

I don't know. I think it depends on how you encounter the paintings. I looked at this one first (what can I say, I'm a Wolfman fan) and wondered about the arrow. At first I thought it was a patch of blue sky rendered strangely. It wasn't until I looked at the next one (this one) that I got that the figures were signing. I think it adds something really unique. I don't think I've ever seen a painting that depicts sign language before. I don't think the signs are something added to make up for a lack of content. I think they're an itegral part of the content. I like them. They're all characters who have experienced something or have a point of view that is unique and they're trying to express that.
posted by LeeJay at 9:34 AM on March 31, 2008


Since naked Spock is not making out with naked Kirk, colour me unimpressed. And to think I was once concerned about the internet permanently warping my mind.
posted by slimepuppy at 9:36 AM on March 31, 2008


"The way that picture's cropped, we'll never know if Spock is cut or uncut. I think it's pointed just like his ears. And I'll bet his baby batter is green."

I'm the LEPRECHAUN!!!
posted by stenseng at 9:37 AM on March 31, 2008


The evil Spock has a pubic goatee.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:19 AM on March 31, 2008


Kitschy.
posted by rusty at 10:31 AM on March 31, 2008


::swoons::

I think I have to go have some private time now.
posted by tits mcgee at 12:55 PM on March 31, 2008


This is why Art School Confidential was a flop; what's the point of satirizing shitty art when guys like this exist?
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:26 PM on March 31, 2008


Sorry, the Internet took a shortcut and got there first.
posted by dgaicun at 3:17 PM on March 31, 2008


This one is my favorite. (But that episode has always been a guilty pleasure.)
posted by wittgenstein at 3:48 PM on March 31, 2008


Hah! Jack The Pelican! I know them very very well - I almost invested in them! A really good gallery, great work most of the time, both good technique and good concept....
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 7:30 PM on March 31, 2008


One of my favorite professors at the New York Academy of Art, where I'm getting my masters.

Yeah, it's goofy. I like goofy.
posted by limnrix at 8:30 PM on March 31, 2008


art is complicated...
posted by joe defroster at 12:53 AM on April 1, 2008


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