THE SOCIAL NINJA

As previously mentioned Long Island City artist Jason Douglas Griffin opened a line up of group shows at the Christina Ray Gallery in SOHO New York this past Thursday. Griffin’s latest installment is made up mostly of works from his “1 Million Ninjas” series, a truly unique installment that pulls a large amount of its materials from the social network Facebook.

Griffin has taken it upon himself to help “Ninja-fy” Facebook, one “like” at a time with his 1 Million Ninjas page on the social network’s site, thus creating completely original works of art a la minute.

This use of Facebook is a great example to showcase one of the many untapped potentials social networking and social media have to offer the art world. The artist incorporates his audience into his art helping to create a real personal bond between the two parties. “Ninjas” is just the beginning, I don’t think the art world and social media have had their last tango just yet.

If you have a chance, please check out this great exhibition:
Exhibition Dates: June 16 – July 3, 2011
Location: 30 Grand Street, Ground Floor . Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm
Directions: A/C/E to Canal Street or 1 to Canal Street; gallery is located between Thompson Street and 6th Avenue

SIMILARITY SATURDAY 4 : SPAWN = 4 MARVEL SUPER HEROES!

This is an interesting edition of SIMILARITY SATURDAY! This one isn’t your average two party comparison and here is what I mean…

Let’s introduce (or re-introduce) ourselves to these four classic and very popular Marvel Comics super heroes.



Spider Man…



Dr. Strange…



Ghost Rider…



and the Punisher!

Put them all together and what do you get?!



SPAWN!



Todd McFarlane is a writer and illustrator creating the character Spawn, as well as being one of the founding fathers of Image Comics. This all happened somewhat right after he had left Marvel Comics after a very rocky relationship. As a former Marvel illustrator, Todd McFarlane worked with such popular heroes like Spider Man, The Incredible Hulk, as well as taking minor part in Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, and The Punisher.
Some say it’s strictly coincidence, but there are also rumors speculating that McFarlane purposely implemented all of the important features from the other characters seen above to mock Marvel Comics and its ideal super hero criteria of always doing the right thing.

Take a look at this cover for issue eight of Todd McFarlane’s popular series.
The first thing everyone usually notices is his face. Take away those green glowing eyes and it becomes a spitting image of Spider Man!
Next, and almost just as obvious, there is almost too shocking a similarity between Spawn’s cape and that of Dr. Strange.
Then we move along to Ghost Rider, noticing both characters wielding chains of what seems to be a limitless length.
Now last but certainly not least, take a look at that belt and those cape clasps holding Spawn’s cape on. Punisher logo much? Talk about wow!