Dark Art. Art that is Dark. Angst. Pain. Nightmares composed of hideous things doing hideous things to other hideous things. It’s everywhere. It dominates our culture.
H.R Giger loves the dong!
I am sick of it.
I’ll tell you what, I think it’s all a big scam and frankly I think it sucks. There was always a dark corner for pasty faced weirdos to draw and paint a guy hanging from the nuts with fish hooks over a pit of demons. A few dorks with no personality who read into the Sandman a bit too much had their little corner in the art world staked up. Guess what? Now these guys have taken over and the worst part is everyone is buying into it. All of a sudden heroes couldn’t wear brightly colored costumes when fighting the minions of darkness. Now the heroes are indistinguishable from the minions they fight. You see it in movies, comics, video games and TV.
Everything is dark and angst ridden.
Why EVERYTHING?!! Since when did it become uncool to be a good guy? In the latest Superman movie he’s a dead beat dad stalker!!!! That’s not the big blue boy scout I recall! If you ask me the world needs more good guys, both in reality as well as fiction. Back in the early part of this century America and it’s allies fought the darkest emo douche bag of them all. Adolf Hitler and his Nazi monsters. They were bad. Evil. Even their friggin’ uniforms looked evil man! Well our grand parents and great grandparents had a real clear cut view in their minds about Good Vs. Evil. And what it meant to be one or the other. Why? Because their culture taught them that the guys in black are evil. There is a clear distinction between the two. Look at the literature and pop culture of the time. Flash Gordon, Tarzan, need I go on? If today’s soft, deluded and self centered knuckleheads were transported to WWII the Nazis would have won. Go ahead send in the hate mail. You know I’m right.
Today pop culture teaches that there is no good. Every hero is just one traumatic experience away from being a psychopath. In order to defeat evil, good needs to be bad. It’s deconstructionism, it’s edgy, it’s LAZY WRITING. ” Batman beats the derelict senseless in order to get the location of the Joker’s Lair.” Is so much easier to write than perhaps “Batman relies on detective skills to track down the Joker” The writer would actually have to come up with an intricate plot that could possibly be interesting. Nah, I’d rather read 22 pages of Batman pimp slapping a crackhead….again.
Every good guy has to act and look evil or at least be dark.
Look at the costumes of super heroes in movies today. The only brightness is the gleam from the smile on the studio execs when they cash their paychecks. Everyone is dressed like the Matrix. It’s retarded.
Wolverine looks tame! His hair is combed WTF?!!! What is this? The black leather fetish convention?
On the other hand….
Look at this Steranko X-men cover. Brilliant and powerful. These guys look like good guys and the book looks fun. Look everyone COLOR!!!
You gotta love the skull eyeballs. Pure friggin’ Steranko my friends!
Or look at this exquisite George Perez mega cover! Now those are super heroes! Nothing dark and fruity about this! These are the colors I want to see in film adaptations. Why is this not possible? Is Hollywood blind as well as stupid? With HDTV and all that other hi tech crap this stuff should be pouring out of the screen and assaulting our senses! Nope. Black leather and muted colors please.
There are so many other avenues of the human condition yet to be explored by art. Why have we collectively stopped at angst? It’s self serving self indulgent crap. Let’s grow up and see that there is a bigger world out there than vampires dressed in designer outfits. I dare you!