Unicorns are appearing all over the place these days in anime and music videos. There’s Gundam Unicorn. I haven’t a clue what the unicorn is about since the last Gundam I watched was Gundam Seed. Then there’s Ke$ha with her strange unicorn head people in the video for Blow. Although these have unicorns they’ve lost the meaning of unicorns, Lady Gaga uses the symbolism of unicorns in the Born this Way vid. Gaga’s been claiming she loves unicorns because of My Little Pony and that she identifies with them.
So what do Unicorns symbolize? That Gaga can identify with them and has them associated with Born This Way the song and album? Today unicorns are mostly depicted as horses with a single horn while traditional unicorns had a billy goat’s beard, a lion’s tail and cloven hooves like I drew in the above picture. Unicorns are normally associated with purity and grace and could only be caught by a virgin. Unicorns were prominent in heraldic symbolism and were often shown with a collar and a broken chain, indicating that they have freed themselves from bondage and cannot be taken again. Unicorns often have the power to heal physical and emotional wounds.
I think its the symbolism of freedom that unicorns represent and the purity of thought & emotion (not necessarily chastity) that makes the unicorn perfect for Born this Way. What do you think?
The Richmond Times Dispatch took the same picture on the same day as me but from the other side. In their image you can see the rabbit statue whereas I’m standing by the rabbit statue. I’m not sure if I’m in their pic or not…it kinda looks like me…could be my imagination… anyways they used their pic on Sunday so they used it before me, but then again they are paid to use the pics and write an article while I’m not. So a few days later isn’t a bad thing.
Richmond’s turning out to be quite the artsy city. On the same day as Arts in the Park (for which artists set up booths to show off and sell their art in the park) I went to the Virginia Art Museum better known as VMFA thinking that the art crowd would be at Arts in the Park. Oh they were there. I’m sure I couldn’t have found parking there, but I almost didn’t at the VMFA either. They had buses parked out there too all to see the fantastic Picasso. I was so glad I wasn’t going to see that exhibit. It was so crowded last time I became claustrophobic or something…and this crowd was much worse than when I had gone. In fact when I had gone in there wasn’t much of a line at all. More like waves of people allowed in.
Instead of Picasso I was there to see the Nigerian art exhibit from Ife which was absolutely fantastic. They had made statues made from copper in a lost method. Now copper’s not like gold which is easy to mold. It has a high melting point which makes it extremely difficult to work with. Normally tin is added to the copper to make Bronze which I’m more familiar with people using. I’ve never heard of using pure copper to sculpt with, but they did in Ife with impeccable skill. One of the great things about having this exhibit at the same time as Picasso is that Cubism is largely based on African art. And the Ife art as some of the best statues I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a large amount- in Italy, in museums and college campuses. Mostly they don’t compare. Like most other artists don’t compare to Picasso. It is rare to have both technical skill and vision and he had both.
Have you been to Picasso or Ife? Or better yet both?
I went to Picasso for my birthday this past weekend at the Virginia Art Museum more commonly called the VMFA. They had so much of his art. It was ridiculous! Of course with this amount of Picasso on the weekend hundreds of people showed up to look at his art too. Some of those halls had me absolutely claustrophobic. I’m usually never claustrophobic but if I hadn’t wanted to see those paintings I woulda been outta there. Not to mention that my family totally left me so I was alone in the sea of people. Yeah I was really taking my time. I came out of the exhibit a full 15 minutes after them and I would have taken longer if I could take the crowd. They tired me out.
I’m planning to go back on a week day. I have a membership so I can go free whenever I want. 🙂 Although I would like to go back with someone else with a membership so I don’t have to go in by myself…but I’ll probably be left by them as well…sigh
Did you go to see Picasso? What did you think about the exhibit?
When drawing Lady Gaga for V Magazines Drawn This way contest I drew Gaga multiple times…so many times that I ended up drawing her during crunch time- I was finishing the pic in the last hour it was due. Which one do you like best? I decided to send in the one at the bottom.
There’s a reason I haven’t been writing posts. I’ve been working on a website called Pop Mirror. I’ve been doing a lot of art for the site. Pop Mirror’s not made yet but you can get a taste of it on its facebook page. http://on.fb.me/i5Qqej Its fame and pop culture shown through pop art.
Like the facebook page to see cartoons of celebs like Charlie Sheen and to say other ones you want to see.
And Previews of comics like Snow that will be on the site. Snow is a modern retelling of Snow White. In this version Snow’s got more attitude than the Disney version. She’s trying to just get through high school, but being who she is, she is surrounded by fameballs and the jealous eye of her stepmother
You can ask for cartoons you want to see either at http://on.fb.me/i5Qqej or on twitter @Popmirror.
Tell me what you think.
Two comics from my time at William and Mary. Both are true. I have a lot more stories…enough to make a show from college. And every day that goes by I have more weird tales. I’m rather embarassed to show these comics now that I’m much better at drawing and photoshop, but I think they represented my life in undergrad.
Work really was like being on the Office and yes I really did get chased by a Swamp Monster…
If I just told you that the National Gallery in DC has some awesome art you could rightly say duh. They’ve got Da’vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Vermeer to name a few famous artists in this gallery. Not that I knew that when I went in. I guess I thought it was all American art or something. I don’t know why though. I’m so glad I was wrong. The great art was great, but it was even better, because a lot of it was hilarious. There are things going on in some paintings that aren’t exactly normal, you just have to look at it closely enough. Which could get you in trouble. It got me talked to more than once.
This paintings bigger than the pic I took of it, but seriously the dog is biting the horse in a very bad place.
Look at this painting. Dude looks just like Professor Quirrell, that teacher in Harry Potter that was hiding Voldemort on his head.
Think about what you could do with this? People could give humor tours in museums to point out these hilarious bits and connections to our culture today. It would definitely attract young people.
PS. Come on VMFA. This could take you to the next level.
Here’s one of Perez. Yeah he linked to a pic of Miley Cyrus that people are calling child porn, and that was stupid of Perez, but I don’t think he’s going to get in trouble for it. But it really doesn’t matter what you do, but basically if you’re famous and you take a cool pic I’ll turn you into a cartoon. And I’m still on my Warhol kick. Besides I read his blog WAY too much and think that if I do a pic of him maybe I’ll get on there. So maybe I’m only doing pics of people that I like something about whether or not they are in fact crazy or stupid. Someone else did a pic of him and got it posted on his blog, but I think they actually sent it to him. Maybe I should too.
I’m still playing Andy Warhol. Here’s a cartoonified Danica Patrick. More cartoon people are on the way. Have any suggestions?