Thursday, December 1, 2016

the weird art of chris ware



chris ware has dedicated his adult status in life to the development of comics as an art form. familiar as we all are of the legendary artists who have preceded him, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman (and many others),still chris ware’s brilliance rests on his development of a language of simple graphics focusing on timelessly simple life experiences, transforming them into profound and understandable declarations about the human condition.  

ware’s status in the art world has grown steadily since the 1990’s. highly respected for his Acme Novelty Library series of comics, posters, etc., his real star began to shine resulting from the publication of his comic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Pantheon, 2000). not long after, his work was selected for exhibition in the 2002 whitney biennial. 

most of ware’s work is filled with reflections on the art world and on history. added to that complexity are the personal references which constantly bring the normally erudite nature of such musings back to square one. combined with the elaborate and labyrinthine nature of his graphic design in each of his strips, ware combines a mastery of both content and visual form in forging a forward looking and a forward thinking take within the genre of an already highly explored and exploited form of storytelling (from hammergallery.com).

what do we see here?

1. childlike,
2. naive,
3- vernacular is universal,
4- get a hold of your personal story,