Tuesday, November 21, 2023

My art is in the Brooklyn Museum

I attended two art schools: the Philadelphia College of Art (now called the University of the Arts) for a year on a scholarship, and I went to random classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts off and on between 1981 and 1988. Back then, before I switched to being a writer, I dreamed of one day having my artwork exhibited in a museum.

I never dreamed that it would happen via my Factsheet Five cover art.

Yesterday the Instagram account of someone associated with the Brooklyn Museum posted a photo from the new show at the Museum, called Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines.

How weird is that? My cover art for Factsheet Five #34 can be seen in the first column on the left, the third one down.

Here's my copy. It depicts a high school student getting detention for reading a copy of Factsheet Five behind her math book. I was long out of high school when I drew this, but I guess I still had those fond memories.

I couldn't find my original art for this picture - it was drawn in black and white and then I cut out the spot color areas on a translucent sheet with an x-acto knife .

I do have the original artwork for Factsheet Five #26, sans spot color treatment.

I was pretty influenced by Jaime Hernandez of "Love and Rockets" fame.

The guy who runs the Factsheet Five archive occasionally uses the color version of the punk's shirt as a kind of logo.

And here is my first Factsheet Five cover, which has no spot color, from issue #23. This cover doesn't get the attention that the other two get, although really I'm kind of surprised any of them have found favor, the style is rather less rough-hewn than most Factsheet Five art, which is usually the preferred level of hewn.

But what was that weird obsession I had with drawing really long chins?

In any case, I guess I'm going to the Brooklyn Museum now. It's been over ten years since I was there, I guess it's about time anyway.