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September 4th, 2009

‘Ghostly’ Abstract 20 series 2


Is this comic finished?

or not?

What happens when the gutter and panels of a comic are transparent?

My flatmate was looking at some of my Abstract comics work and said of this one I really like it. I was surprised I had never considered it finished so I hadn’t paid the comic much thought in this state. Its kind of interesting, its something else again. I’ll be interested to hear what people think.

5 Responses to “‘Ghostly’ Abstract 20 series 2”

  1. Timb Says:

    To me this is more like an abstract painting. Can you give a breakdown of what defines it as a comic?

    BTW I have some cool ideas with me based on your last post. Will bring them along tonight.

  2. Dick Whyte Says:

    Hey Tim-

    I would also be interested in knowing why you feel it might not be defined as a comic. I am also interested if it can be BOTH an abstract painting AND a comic, rather than EITHER one OR the other (I am very interested in the difference between “both/and” verses “either/or” thinking).

    And I am also interested in the area where one “feels” it is something, and may not be able to articulate this through a definition. A definition, by its very essence, is a limiting function (as I see it) which creates boundaries (not unlike a map of country borders).

    All the best-

  3. Dick Whyte Says:

    David – the only bit which I am unsure about is the writing which I can see in it. I don’t know why but this distracts me. But then again – maybe it is good because it makes me think differently about it.

  4. Isaac Says:

    If you have to ask whether it’s finished, it’s finished.

  5. Timb Says:

    Hi Dick,

    Was hoping you’d chime in,

    After talking about this with DRAW offline I understand his intention – that is, taking the idea of reading a comic and using it in a different context (in this case a found art picture) Following on that, I’d say this can be viewed both as an abstract painting AND a comic depending on which viewpoint you take.

    ‘Feeling’ could depend on many things – knowledge of art, mood, time spent studying the ‘piece’, colour, context etc. I think in this case, definition was the wrong word to use, so substitute it with explanation.

    I don’t think it’s a bad thing to ask an artist’s intent with any ‘piece’ although this runs the risk of them guiding you towards a particular viewpoint.

    Trust this clarifies things (or not!)


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