Gallery 1988 just opened their new 20 Years Later show, featuring art inspired by movies from 1996.
As the subject of my piece, I chose the Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino cult classic, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. I was at the Egyptian theater (I think) to see this, back in Montreal. And I can remember getting about halfway through the movie thinking...weren't there supposed to be vampires in this? Kudos to T and R for managing to confuse me even after I had seen the trailer.
Over the years, I have heard both Tarantino and Rodriguez discuss their interest in working on a James Bond film. In particular, I read that Tarantino wanted to get the rights to do a remake of Doctor No. And so I thought that I would do them a favor and make this happen...and even better, I secured the anime rights...sort of.
My idea for the film was to have Takao Saito's predecessor to Golgo 13 -- Sean Connery's Bond in top manga form -- join up with the infamous Lupin the 3rd for a little trip through Mexico, with a Kazuo Kamimura-style Moneypenny in tow (partially based on Irezumi's Wakao Ayako). And wrapped with a Maurice Binder bow.
They're on the lookout for a coven of SMERSH spies with all signs pointing to a woman named Fujiko Mine who will be performing with her "sisters" at the Titty Twister. Things start off normal until Moneypenny goes to the ladies room and comes back looking a little pale...
I titled the final work...FROM DUSK TILL BOND
The art itself depicts the beginnings of the transformation of both Moneypenny and Fujiko into vampires, while Lupin and Bond fire away...
I also injected a healthy dose of old-school British nationalism into the piece because I am indeed a fan of the UK and what it represents -- at its best. So we have here -- presented visually -- an aspect of the noble, chivalrous and sometimes very amusing conception of male heroic chauvinism, for which Bond was the perfect exemplar. (although I prefer Ian Mackintosh's Sandbaggers and Clavell's Ian Dunross -- played by a Bond in Noble House)
The art is therefore typically over-sexualized and objectifies (anime) women just as all good Bond and Tarantino films do. Although one could argue that they also exemplify strong women who are often just as deadly as their male counterparts (sometimes more so). Bond and Lupin are in fact often victims of femme fatales, both emotionally and physically. ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰
The mixed-media original, 28 x 36, features photography, spray paint, paint splatter, acrylic heavy gloss gel, 3D effects in addition to hand illustration using a Cintiq and Toshiba's Write 2 and is finished in Acrylic on canvas. Multiple layers of art mediums, both digital and traditional creating a textured, Pop-Surreal adventure. （。＞ω＜）。
Some notes of interest:
Maurice Binder "Dr. No" opening aestheric with nods to Saul Bass. Marvel Romance Comics from the 60-70s. Ferrari 1962 250GTO with logo from Alain Delon's Scorpio. Franco-Italian vintage beverage advertisement style. Nintendo Hanafuda cards on bottom right and left. On left Hanafuda, Gloomy Bear in Devil suit dragon Pity while breathing fire on a retro Super Mario.
On right side, Vampire teeth homage to Yokoo Tadanori. Golgo 13 hidden in background. Pink Panther with Clockwork Orange eye-makeup and tats holding a 007 weight / bomb. Frank Kozik Devil Kitty (with note to Frank) wearing Mr. Meow Skull from SupaPop. Japanese Irezumi wave with Oni mask. The original gun used and redrawn in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.
Fujiko Mine has small vampire teeth coming in. Famous title of a French Techno song, "James Je Ne Trouve Pas Les Mots" and "Can you feel the beat Mr. James". Koi swimming. Wave pattern from vintage Japanese Ukiyo-E woodblock print. From Dusk Till Dawn quote coming out of Bond's mouth.
The depictions of Fujiko, Lupin, James Bond and Moneypenny are all new despite the fact that I begged, stole and borrowed from their most iconic manga and anime poses. Each layer was drawn complete and separately before I placed them on top of each other.
The original has sold, but 3 Limited Edition runs are available: