This was one of my first attempts to capture for myself some of the ideas I found in the pop art of Andy Warhol and the cartoon paintings of Roy Lichtenstein. To subvert meaning, I tried to make the action as oblique as possible (who are those two women, anyway?). I furthered this by placing dialogue in the balloons lifted from a separate source than the images. The images (by two different artists) are from a Logan's Run comic book I picked pretty much at random from a comic book display. The text is lifted from page 106 (the page I was reading the day I needed text in the painting) of one of my favorite books, Dhalgren, by Samuel R. Delany, based on which sentences would fit in the balloons. Arriving in a cloud-covered city, a female character in the book sees the moon through a hole in the clouds ("That's the first time...") and then promptly sees a second moon ("What is it?").
Read an excerpt from Dhalgren.
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