When pop culture icons show up where they shouldn't be it can be disturbing, whether it's Snooki in a Barnes & Noble, Snooki in a Borders, or craziest of all, Snooki in a Waldenbooks. Putting them somewhere odd but making it hilarious, mashup paintings from James Hance.
"Relentlessly cheerful" Jacksonville-based Hance turns out acrylic Pop Art paintings that take beloved movie/TV show characters (from the Muppets to Star Wars) and drops them in places even their creators couldn't imagine -- especially George Lucas, who ran out of ideas in 1983. Jim Henson-based paintings abound, including Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" with Henson surrounded by his progeny, a take on Munch's "The Scream" (awesomely retitled "The Meep") with Beaker as the screamer, and Doozers raising the flag on Iwo Jima, even though you know the Fraggles are going to knock it down, cause that's just what they do. Nerds can also rejoice at his Star Wars works, like a TIE fighter chasing Cary Grant in a retooled North by Northwest poster, Darth Vader gracefully releasing a dove into the air, and a 60s travel-poster-style work with prop planes replaced by the Millennium Falcon, and a duo of smiling stewardesses from the days when they were still hot, and totally gave male passengers Wookie.
He's also got stuff like "If I Only Had A Heart", with Dorothy touching Iron Man's chest-battery, and "Dark Starry Night", featuring Batman in the classic Van Gogh. And perhaps most awesomely, you can commission Hance to paint murals on any wall in your home, really the only plausible way to get Snooki in a library.
Published: August 9, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
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