Sunday, November 18, 2007
Spiderwoman and Modern Painters
My partner Sara is going to art school for her MFA in painting and she has had this April 2006 issue of Modern Painters: International Arts and Culture magazine lying around our house for ages. I randomly flipped through it the other day and this advert was on the very first page.
The caption for the advert says "Andreas Hofer. This Island Earth. March 31 to May 6, 2006. Hauser and Wirth London." Andreas Hofer is surely not the Tyrolean military hero, or the 17th century Austrian composer, thank you Wikipedia. I know about the film This Island Earth from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Motion Picture. I do not know if the artist wants me to think of the film.
The image is of a "face" in a superhero mask. The mask, and the attached hair (white? -- not the current Spiderwoman's), is superimposed like a cut out over the "face." The "face" is a drawn map of north-east Africa and near-by places.
I knew it was a superhero mask, and I thought it was Spiderwoman's mask, but I thought that that was a pretty obscure and specific source for a contemporary artist to be going for (the audience surely would not know where this was from), and I thought I was maybe wrong. After picking up a New Avengers trade on a whim and now being SURE that is Spiderwoman's mask I am moved to ask the Whedonesque question: