Planning Unit created a poster for the exhibition Image Duplicator which which explorers the relationship between Roy Litchenstein’s work, and the original comic book art that it came from.
”Pop artist Roy Lichtensein currently has a show on at the Tate. While the public is intimately familiar with his work, what they may be unaware of is how closely many of his images were “appropriated” from comic artists like Irv Novick, Russ Heath, Jack Kirby, John Romita and Joe Kubert, who received no fee or credit. Is this an act of brilliant recontexturalisation? The elevation of commercial “low” art to “high” art? Art world snobbery? Artistic licence? Cultural annexation? Gallery shortsightedness? Or something else? This show is a chance for real comic-book artists (and other “commercial artists” – illustrators, designers etc) to ask these kinds of questions and share their views, via their work.”
“Every interested comic artist (or illustrator, graphic designer or other “commercial artist”) should “re-reappropriate” one of the comic images Lichtenstein used, and rework it, using some of their ‘commercial art’ drawing skills, to warp and twist it into something interesting and original, and in the process to comment on this type of appropriation.
The IMPORTANT thing to stress is that you’d be going back to the source material and re-reappropriating Coletta, Novick, Kirby et al – NOT copying Lichtenstein, as we don’t want copyright issues from the Lichtenstein estate.
Take Back the Art!”
“Planning Unit used Tony Abruzzo’s comic book image that Roy Litchenstein’s “Oh Jeff…” came from.
The Ben-Day dot is the hallmark of Litchenstein’s work. What we have done is take the original piece of work by Tony Abruzzo, and recreated it using a Ben-Day dot, but instead of using a dot we have used a Copyright symbol © – the idea being that we have use Litchenstein’s method to recreate the original piece, the twist being that using a Copyright symbol illustrates the on going debate regarding Litchenstein’s work.
What comes to light is, after putting it through this graphic process you are hard pushed to see whether the work was created from the original comic book image, or the Litchenstein version, which further illustrates just how closely Litchenstein reproduced the original source material for his art. But on close comparison you can see that is has been reproduced from Tony Abruzzo’s original piece.”
A show at the Orbital Gallery, Leicester Square, London. May 16th-31st 2013