Pastiche Exercise 1 and 2

14 04 2012

Pastiche Exercise 1- Wolverine is the new Dali painting

For my example of pastiche I chose to pick a famous work of art that was changed to incorporate a character from a comic book. The original work of art was done by Salvador Dali titled The Persistence of Memory in which there are melting clocks scattered around the land. The painting was done in 1931 and has since become a very well known piece of art. The imitation of The Persistence of Memory comes from Paolo Rivera who is a graduate of RISD 2003 and currently works for Marvel Comics as an executive artist drawing covers to the comic books and actual stories.

In his pastiche drawing of Dali’s work, Rivera turned the land in which the clocks lay upon into Wolverine, a comic book character who has become very popular since the 1970s as a member of X-Men. The way the clock on the branch of Dali’s work lays now has been replaced with Wolverine’s melting hand and claws.

I believe this to be pastiche only because Rivera is not mimicking Dali’s work in a negative fashion, if anything Rivera is supporting the work while encompassing his own talent and profession into such a famous painting. I think if Rivera were to create a similar painting, still with Dali’s work, he would continue to incorporate Marvel characters because that is his line of work. Since Dali’s painting has been widely accepted and is well-known, it is easy to recognize Rivera’s work as a work off of The Persistence of Memory.

Below is the link to the site to which I attribute the credit for the Wolverine picture.,r:0,s:0,i:73&tx=66&ty=71

Below is the link to which information about Paolo Rivera was taken from.

Pastiche Exercise 2-

The two pastiche graphs I chose to examine are #1- Justin Bieber’s talent and #2 The support of children in Uganda.

Both of these graphs are pastiche in the sense that they each represent a parody of the current popular culture. For example, the Justin Bieber graph depicts the majority’s dislike of the singer and thus the pastiche is making fun of him. The Uganda graph is depicting the lack of knowledge the facebook users had about the situation, therefore, the creator makes it a point to make fun of them through this graph.

Both of these graphs are clearly a parody of the situations they depict. It is more amusing to make fun of certain situations than to simply talk about it. Graphs are usually harder to be considered pastiche because they are not actual pictures combined together. The graphs are combined with graphing materials as well as the popular culture context we see in each of the graphs. The original work of these pastiches are the situations in which they are based on. If many (who are not tween girls) had not disliked him then there would be no comedy nor would there be a need to make fun of him and his career. The same can be said for the Uganda graph for if no one had claimed to be an over-night activist then there would be nothing to poke fun at.

Below is the link to where I took both graph for exercise #2




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