HOP UP (10)
August 30, 2020
We are delighted to present the series HOP UP, which will showcase a selection of HILOBROW friend Luc Sante’s extraordinary collages, along with the artist’s commentary. Also, check out the James Fuentes gallery’s website, which throughout August is featuring the terrific exhibit Some Recent Collages by Luc Sante.
Archie Moore chasing his crown came from a cover of The Ring magazine from 1952, the year he finally won the middleweight title after a decade of being shunted around and ignored by the boxing establishment. I’m not a huge boxing fan but I have particular love for Archie Moore, his personality well rendered by A. J. Liebling in “Ahab and Nemesis” (in The Sweet Science, 1956). What got me especially, though, was how much the image made me think of Jean-Michel Basquiat. There was his crown! So I thought of making a collage that would evoke Jean. That was a tall order. I couldn’t imitate him, of course, even though there is a large collage component to his work. I had to meditate upon it for a considerable while. Finally the nineteenth-century endpapers came as a painterly element, and then the headlights, from a Montgomery Ward catalog, which I colored yellow — they made me think of the narrator’s “hole” in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, with its 1,369 lights. The piece needed text, because Jean almost always had text. “SPORTS OPERA WEAPONS” seemed right — it’s from his 1981 painting “Plush Safe He Think.” That prompted a weeks-long hunt for those three words, roughly the same size. I’m not entirely happy with the way they turned out, but I could not find all three words in a headline font. Maybe someday I will, and can revise the piece.
CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: BUNNY CITY by Gary Panter | HOP UP by Luc Sante | UNBORED CANON by Josh Glenn | CARPE PHALLUM by Patrick Cates | MS. K by Heather Kasunick | HERE BE MONSTERS by Mister Reusch | DOWNTOWNE by Bradley Peterson | #FX by Michael Lewy | PINNED PANELS by Zack Smith | TANK UP by Tony Leone | OUTBOUND TO MONTEVIDEO by Mimi Lipson | TAKING LIBERTIES by Douglas Wolk | STERANKOISMS by Douglas Wolk | MARVEL vs. MUSEUM by Douglas Wolk | NEVER BEGIN TO SING by Damon Krukowski | WTC WTF by Douglas Wolk | COOLING OFF THE COMMOTION by Chenjerai Kumanyika | THAT’S GREAT MARVEL by Douglas Wolk | LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE by Chris Spurgeon | IMAGINARY FRIENDS by Alexandra Molotkow | UNFLOWN by Jacob Covey | ADEQUATED by Franklin Bruno | QUALITY JOE by Joe Alterio | CHICKEN LIT by Lisa Jane Persky | PINAKOTHEK by Luc Sante | ALL MY STARS by Joanne McNeil | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | NOT OF THIS EARTH by Michael Lewy | ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Colin Dickey | KEEPERS by Steph Burt | AMERICA OBSCURA by Andrew Hultkrans | HEATHCLIFF, FOR WHY? by Brandi Brown | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | BEDROOM AIRPORT by “Parson Edwards” | INTO THE VOID by Charlie Jane Anders | WE REABSORB & ENLIVEN by Matthew Battles | BRAINIAC by Joshua Glenn | COMICALLY VINTAGE by Comically Vintage | BLDGBLOG by Geoff Manaugh | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | MONSTOBER by Rick Pinchera | POP WITH A SHOTGUN by Devin McKinney | FEEDBACK by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FTW by John Hilgart | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | FANCHILD by Adam McGovern | BOOKFUTURISM by James Bridle | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | SCREEN TIME by Jacob Mikanowski | FALSE MACHINE by Patrick Stuart | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | 12 MORE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE (AGAIN) | ANOTHER 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | UNBORED MANIFESTO by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen | H IS FOR HOBO by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FRIDAY by guest curators