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Kristal Melson @ Above Second Gallery, Hong Kong #abovesecondgallery
On the Topic of Heroes



If you read comics, you’d be familiar with Marvel’s value stamps that appear on the letters page of every title. Marvel began printing these in 1974, each featuring your favourite Heroes and Villains. 

I didn’t have many of my own comics of my own but I was one of the younger cousins in my family, so my first introduction - (aside from my fathers Beano & Dandy comics) were the hand me down comics that was taking up too much space on everyone else’s shelves.

Unfortunately - stories were not always in sequence so the art took precedence over text for me, and as a kid you’d tend to look at the pictures. I had no idea how these stamps worked but i kept a few similar to the image above with the head shots on a strong colour, often red. 

It seemed apt that the Heroes I chose to work with in this series should tie together in this way with the collages. 


Will Draw For Freedom

"I worship freedom; I abhore restraint, trouble, dependence. As long as the money in my pocket lasts it assures my independence; it relieves me of the trouble of finding expedients to replentish it, a necessity which always inspires me with dread; but the fear of seeing it exhausted makes me hoarde it carefully. 

The money which a man possesses is the instrument of freedom…Therefore, I hold fast to that which I have, and desire nothing.”

From The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(originally published anonymously in 1783)

Kirby & Pop


"Growing up in the Pop age, I keep coming back to Kirby time and again to dip my toes in the waters of his work, a popular mythology shared by a generation of comics readers. 

The limitations of the badly-printed comic book page were unable to hinder the scale and scope of his imagination (in fact, the rawness of the paper and garish colours made his drawings ‘pop’ all the more) – from Kirby’s drawing table a vast cosmology of forms, characters and inventions sprang forth with operatic verve and unique voice. 

The immediacy of the comic artform is to me a constant reminder of the wonder of creation – with some paper, some ink, and some inspiration Kirby casually drops a universe of wonders into your lap. “

—Adrian at RINZEN, talking about Jack Kirby.

Nancy Ekholm Burkert, James & The Giant Peach

you cannot get tired of this

(via “The Future is Stupid” at The Green Gallery “The Future is Stupid” at The Green Gallery – Contemporary Art Daily)

Mark Bohle