Today is the last day for our POPzilla Save Ferris show, and it turns out that this art did the impossible. It made me like John Hughes movies even more than I already did. Thanks to all the artists who participated, the talent and turnout blew away my expectations. And our new home at POP! Comics seemed to be the perfect fit, wouldn’t you agree? Here are all the art pieces we had featured in this collection. With over 30 artists and 50 pieces, I’m confident we would have done the man proud. Until next time!
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Well, It’s here. Today is June 1st. Tonight will be my very first solo art show. I knew I wanted to do a solo show and I am glad it worked out that my first one is this fun of a theme. Why “DUOS” you ask? I’ll tell ya. It’s the “buddy” thing. It’s how much fun it is when you have a better half to get into shinanagans with. And even more fun to watch in movies, tv, theater, etc. It’s the way they bounce off each other. And how you sometimes think one is your favorite, and for some reason the next time you watch the movie, it’s the other one. I guess it depends on the mood. Sometimes Harry Dunn is funnier than Lloyd Christmas. It happens.
So obviously there is an entire universe of Duos to pick from. So I had the awesome challenge to narrow it down to my favorites. Once the theme was decided, it was my personal goal to produce 100 Duos to display in the show. Well, I’ll be the first one to tell you I failed. I had abut half that. Then I hit a lull, I had about a few weeks left and wasn’t sure who to do as the last min additions. After nerding our with a few of my friends about who the MUST HAVES are, that lit a fire under my ass and I sprinted towards the finish line with a whopping 69 Duos. For some reason, it just seemed like a fun number to showcase.
This process included the people around me throwing in their ideas about who I need to have. As good and as helpful as those ideas were, most did not meet my qualifications on ‘WHAT IS A DUO?”. To me, it’s more of what a Duo is not. If there the main thing that makes them a Duo is because they are in a relationship, that is NOT a duo. Sorry Ricky & Lucy Ricardo. And if the 2 are arch nemeses or they hate each other, but are always seen together, they aren’t a Duo either. Â But for example, Brennan and Dale from Stepbrothers hate each other, but the movie ends when they are friends. So it passes my strict demands. Another thing I had to deal with to narrow it dow was that if there was more than 2. For example, I couldn’t just pick John Lennon & Paul McCartney. I wouldn’t do that to George and Ringo. Another example of that is Ghostbusters. I had to represent it somehow, and luckily there were 2 characters from the film that would make a great Duo. Gatekeeper and Keymaster. (Lewis & Dana). And in the case of Harry Potter. I’d love to do Harry and Ron, but the hell I would break up that threesome with Hermione. I looked for things like that to make sure my requiremets were met. And don’t be surprised if someday I decide to add some more to this set. No reason not to. And if this show is a hit, a trio show might be in the cards. Lots of good trios out there as well. It’s friggin endless.
You still with me? OK then. Let’s see some art. Hope you like it. If you get a chance, head on down to the F+ Gallery in Santa Ana California. The show runs until early July. But it’s all about opening night, hope to see you there. Here is some important info for the pieces themselves. I only have 1 limited edition print per Duo for sale night of. First come first serve, starting at 7pm. Once that sells it is only available on the website. Thanks to Amy and Micah from F+ for helping me out with getting this show on it’s feet and giving it a great home. Going to kick ass.
Needless to say, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is one of my favorite movies, I am pretty religious about this flick. When I started this series of Nerd/Cult movie babes, Sloane Peterson was one of the must haves on the top of this list. The basic idea for these paintings is to pick my favorite ladies from my favorite movies and to do a stylized pin up, slutty version of their character. Just like Jennifer from BTTF, I try to capture their character more than doing a portrait of the actress playing her. Once I get that I cram the painting with as many references from the movie I can fit in. And there are plenty of things from this movie. If you catch them, great. If not, that’s ok, just enjoy the sluttiness I guess. But I think most of the items in this are pretty basic to anyone who has seen it. It is no doubt a classic.
I had some fun with this one, doing some homework and constantly pausing scenes from the movie on my mac. For example I wanted to know what was the Parade in the middle of the City when they filmed this. Turns out it is a real Parade they do in Chicago called the “Von Steuben Day Parade”. Kind of like an Oktoberfest, hence all the German stuff in the scene. I wanted to get some accuracy in there for that one. But in the middle of doing this “research” I found a cool website that answers questions I didn’t even think to ask.
If you’re into Ferris, you should check this out…
It brought up the question “If Ferris took the name Abe Fromen and his party of 3, why didn’t the sausage king of Chicago show up?” and “how the hell was he allowed to get on the float and do two rehearsed performances?” The writer reminds us that in the very beginning of the movie we see Ferris in the shower rehearsing for his Danke Shane number. Anyway, if your into that stuff, check out that site.
And if you’re in to these paintings stay tuned for “Andy” from the Goonies. She’s askin’ for it.
Right after watching Ferris Bueller this week to get some inspiration for this (and the painting of Sloane) I heard the sad news of the passing of John Hughes. His movies definitely had a real vibe to each of them. You could tell a John Hughes right away when you saw it, they all had a lot of heart. They all just made sense and felt good. Quite the legacy left behind by that guy.
One of those legacies was the character of Ed Rooney. What I think to be one of cinema’s greatest villains. Now I know he didn’t actually carry a slice of Swiss Cheese in the movie, but it’s based off one of his greatest lines. This may not be one of those paintings where you get it right away. But if you do, your mind is random like mine. If you don’t get it, here is what I found on Urban Dictionary’s website….
“Cheese in the wind’ was first uttered by Ed Rooney from Ferris Bueller’s day off.
Someone is ‘leaving your cheese in the wind’ when they do any of the following:
A. Ruin your fun; be a wet blanket/buzz-kill
B. Flout your dignity/authority
C. Dismiss you/hang you out to dry
D. Deny you sexual satisfaction (whether intentional or not)