Gallery Piece - 3
2018 Comics vs. Art
Oregon Trail, Ho!
Original painting: Cowboys in the Snow (1975), William L. Hawkins
Adaptation inspired by: The Oregon Trail video game
Prints for sale HERE
My Full Statement:
William Hawkins was a self-taught folk painter who lived in Columbus, Ohio most of his life. He made Cowboys in the Snow entirely out of found materials. Enamel paint (intended for industrial purposes) and discarded masonite were used to create this serene painting of two cowboys and a packhorse traveling through a snowy mountainous landscape. In this piece, I was inspired by Hawkins’ techniques of collaging reproduced images and inserting found objects into his paintings and pushed them forward into the digital realm.
In contrast to the serious themes of my other two pieces in this exhibit, I chose to have some fun with this one. One of my favorite Apple II games that I’d play in grade school was “Oregon Trail,” designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life. Throughout the course of the game, members of the player's party could fall ill and die from various causes, such as measles, snakebite, exhaustion, typhoid, cholera, and dysentery.
My Gallery Statement:
In this piece, I was inspired by Hawkins’ techniques of collaging reproduced images and inserting found objects into his paintings and I pushed them forward into the digital realm. I took various screenshots of the “Oregon Trail” game and combined them into a single, seamless image which evokes the pleasant memories from playing the game in grade school on the class Apple II.
About Comics Vs. Art Exhibit
Comics vs Art III: The Museum Edition is the continued playful exploration of classical art through the lens of graphic artists.
This was the 3rd year for the Columbus Comics vs Art exhibit (The Museum Edition), a playful exploration of classical art through the lens of cartoonists and graphic artists.
Wild Goose Creative exhibited original works of art from Central Ohio cartoonists and comic book loving artists for the third Comics vs Art exhibit, curated by Canada Keck. Artists contributing to this exhibit will playfully re-imagine fine art paintings as comic art. This year the catalog of works to choose from is largely comprised of American artists, many with ties to Ohio, who represent the wide diversity of a nation of immigrants.
The curator, Canada Keck, once again challenged over 40 artists to look at selected paintings (this time from the permanent collection of Columbus Museum of Art) and reinterpret them as comic art. There were 56 pieces of art created for this exhibit, all inspired by the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art. These fantastic, fun pieces include ones done by comics creators, fine artists, and youth of the Star House Foundation. The Wild Goose Creative Gallery exhibited these original works in September 2018, coinciding with the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC).
For the third Comics vs Art exhibit, Canada chose “Variations on a Theme” and allowed multiple artists to reinterpret fine art paintings as comic art. In selecting the paintings to be reinterpreted, Canada focused on American artists, particularly those with an Ohio connection and/or who are more representative of the variations among us. Canada endeavored to have a much greater diversity of artists, by race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and outsider status. Canada wanted to celebrate the amazing diversity we have because we are really all immigrants.
This event is supported by Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council and The Columbus Foundation. We would not be able to do it without them!