by Kevin Czap
It was quite a coincidence that Darryl made the post he did on Friday about poster-sized one-pagers, since it’s in line with something I’ve been thinking about recently. One of my bigger concerns when I was at school was to try and figure out how comics could work in a gallery context. I was never satisfied with just sticking pages up on the wall – they’re designed to be held in your hands and engaged with on a personal level. My self-righteousness on this subject has cooled over the years, but I still hold to that basic concept. I stopped worrying about trying to fit comics into a gallery and just focused on making my books (or websites). Needless to say, I never figured out the answer, which left me unprepared for when I was asked to have my first solo show.
So all of this brought me back to that question – how do you present comics in a gallery setting? One of the things I thought of was to make comics work that is large enough to be understood from a certain distance. Very much like what Darryl was talking about – I’d like to see more poster comics. Have there been wall-sized comics? Eleanor Davis has done some jaw-dropping large scale work in collaboration with David Mack (see above).
When I was in Pittsburgh I was able to talk about this a bit with Jim Rugg, who’s got some fascinating ideas of his own for solving this issue (not sure how much of a surprise they’re supposed to be, so I’ll leave it there). Still, he told me to check out a recent show of the amazing designer Olly Moss‘ work. It’s impressive set up, and it only helped to spur my mind to thinking, could a Salon-style hanging arrangement be used to make a comic? I guess my question isn’t so much could it be done (of course it could), but more has someone done it before?
That’s about all I have time for today, got a lot to do to get ready for this show (opening is tomorrow night). But I’m curious what thoughts you guys have about this. Something you’ve thought about before? Hit me up.
Talk to you kids when it’s a little less crazy.
Image credits: Frank Santoro, Eleanor Davis and David Mack, Olly Moss