Latest News

 
     
 

Look Mickey! Group Exhibition

 
 



34FineArt is pleased to announce a new group exhibition entitled Look Mickey! The exhibition will feature works by several well known local and international artists, who have in various ways appropriated this iconic image of popular culture.

Mickey Mouse was created 87 years ago by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at Walt Disney Studios in California, and the much loved figure is now often associated with mass media and consumerist culture. Starting life as Mortimer Mouse, Mickey first became widely know after featuring in the film Steamboat Willie, which premiered in New York on November 18, 1928. The film was an instant success, and was also the first animation to precisely synchronise its audio and visual tracks. Ub Iwerks’ initial design was significantly influenced by the frame animation requirements of the time, with Mickey’s circular body and three fingered hands proving much quicker, and therefore cheaper, to animate by hand. Over the years the character has undergone several makeovers, and has also been joined by a cast of anthropomorphic friends, like girlfriend, Minnie Mouse, Pluto the dog, Donald Duck, Goofy, and his nemesis, Pete. Animator Fred Moore was responsible for the first changes, replacing Mickey’s round frame with a pear-like body more reminiscent of the shape we know today, as well as shortening his nose and adding pupils and white gloves.

By 1937, Disney Studios was producing about 12 Mickey short films a year, and between 1930 and 1975 Mickey was also featured extensively as a comic strip character drawn by Floyd Gottfredson. Merchandising followed, as well as the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse series, resulting in Mickey becoming one of the most identifiable cartoon icons in the world. This ubiquity also lead to the image being appropriated as a form of symbolic cultural currency. On American ballot papers, for example, the figure is sometimes used to indicate a protest vote, and further afield Mickey is often seen to symbolise the USA and the greed of its large corporations in the protection of trademarks and copyright infringement.

In the same way Mickey has been reworked and celebrated by various artists, including Keith Haring, Banksy, Takashi Murakami, and Damien Hirst, and has inspired a younger generation of Pop and Urban artists. Both Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol also produced seminal works based on Mickey as icon and visual image.

"The idea of doing [a cartoon painting] without apparent alteration just occurred to me ... and I did one really almost half seriously to get an idea of what it might look like. And as I was painting this painting I kind of got interested in organizing it as a painting and brought it to some kind of conclusion as an aesthetic statement, which I hadn’t really intended to do to begin with. And then I really went back to my other kind of painting, which was pretty abstract. Or tried to. But I had this cartoon painting in my studio, and it was a little too formidable. I couldn’t keep my eyes off it, and it sort of prevented me from painting in any other way, and then I decided this stuff was really serious ... I would say I had it on my easel for a week. I would just want to see what it looked like. I tried to make it a work of art. I wasn’t trying just to copy. I realized that this was just so much more compelling." – Roy Lichtenstein

Prominently featured in this exhibition and a first in South Africa, will be works by one of the youngest individuals currently making waves in the art world, fourteen year old Skyler Grey from Los Angeles. Already described as one of the brightest up-and-coming artists in the United States, Grey is your average 14 year-old, except for the impressive fact that his unique street art is on display in galleries across the globe, rather than on the family fridge. Grey’s work has been showcased in London, Switzerland and his first solo show in 2013 in LA drew huge crowds.

“I think art is a language and a lot of people don’t speak that language. One of the reasons a lot of people don’t speak that language is because they took the arts out of schools.” - Skyler Grey

Also included in the show will be a highly sought after limited edition Mickey interpretation by Damien Hirst especially commissioned by Disney, the original of which fetched £ 902,500 at auction; as well as works by artists Takashi Murakami, Mr. Brainwash, Ceet, Rouke Van Dal, Trust Icon, Eyesaw, Robin Coleman, Pegasus, Osch, RTX, Dillon Boy, Death NYC, Lewis Bannister, Esther Mahlangu, Asha Zero and Jade Doreen Waller.

Do not miss the opening on Tuesday 11 November 18:30. Runs until 20 December.


Date: 9th November 2014
LABELS: Art Show , Cape Town , Contemporary , Exhibition , Mickey Mouse , Pop Art , South Africa , Street Art , Urban Art

 
  Share this story  
       

 


 
   
     
   
  Archive  
 

2015 (20 Stories)
2014 (14 Stories)
2013 (1 Stories)
2011 (2 Stories)
2010 (4 Stories)
2009 (3 Stories)

 
  Labels  
  30 Works   34 Fine Art   3d Sculpted Paint   Adidit   Andy Warhol   Apple Mag   Art Show   bear with a sore head   Black Apple Art   Canvas   Cape Town   City Leaks   Clobber   Clockwork Charlie   Cologne   Contemporary   Count on Me   Craig Everett   Custom Frame   David Bowie   Diddy Docs   Discarded Pallet   Don't break my Heart   Droogie   Duz my Gun Look Big in this   Edie Sedgwick   Exhibition   Figurative   Gavin Watson   Giz A Buzz   Gouache   Hockney Portrait   Howard Marks   Icon   Jackson Pollock   Landscape   Legends   Limited Edition Print   London Miles Gallery   Los Angeles   Love Me Long Time   Loves Gunna Get you   Mayor Eric Garcetti   Mickey Mouse   Mod Culture   Mr Nice   Newspaper   Northern   Old Classics   Once upon a Grime   Original Painting   Painting Progress   Pete McKee   Piggy Back   Poor Little Rich Girl   Pop Art   Portrait   RedHouse Originals   Rogue Gallery   Rogue Prints   Rourke Van Dal   Sirens Series   Skins & Punks Series   South Africa   Splatter   Spray Paint Edition   Stencil   Street Art   Technique   Urban Art    
 




 
 

Get in touch

email

tel:

a
ddress

info@vandalart.co.uk

07917 773989

Rogue Gallery, First Floor
907-909 Harrogate Road
Bradford BD10 0QY

 
 

Keep up to date

Subscribe to our mailing list for news of exhibitions and special events.

Name
Email

 

Lastest Releases
Limited Edition Urban Art Prints, Original Paintings & Original Spraypainted Stencils

Tomorrow Never Comes   Liliya   Welly Bobby 2   Liliya
© Vandalart, all rights reserved  Contact |
 

Share this page