Friday, March 06, 2009


The book is in my hand...
In ten seconds, the Watchmen film premieres. Standing in line, it's already there, pictures frozen in a gallery eleven seconds in the future... nine seconds now.

It's 1991. In Iowa I am reading Watchmen for the first time. It's 2008. I'm in Los Angeles, painting in hope to preserve some semblance of what the book means to me, the crystalline gears that make it go, the trajectory of these words and pictures across the rarified atmosphere of comics.

It is September 2007. In Vancouver, a major motion picture adaptation of Watchmen has begun shooting. Across the sea, Alan Moore genuflects to the snake god Glycon, that the film may jam and burn in the heat of projector bulbs worldwide. The cameras do not stop. The Watchmen film bears down on the coast like a massive black freighter.

Is Zach Snyder to blame then? Or D.C. Comics or Dave Gibbons for participating or Alan Moore for walking away? Are we all? Am I? Who is responsible? Who makes the world?

The book lies at my feet, falls from my fingers, is in my hand, wired to my brain, surging through my heart. I paint, but it is too late, always has been, always will be too late.


The Melt Gallery at Meltdown is proud to present PHYSICAL NOSTALGIA, A group art showing that will serve as an examination of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s graphic novel Watchmen and how the themes and images contained therein have permeated pop art culture.

An artist’s reception party will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Asahi beer.

Curator Marz Richards says, “PHYSICAL NOSTALGIA will exhibit a wild variety of art styles and media to present facets of this seminal work that will be lost as Watchmen transitions from the page to the silver screen. Now is the last moment for the knot-tops and grizzled vigilantes of art to stand up and show us what Watchmen means to them as the last five minutes of the doomsday clock tick away.”

Exhibiting artists include Eldon Asp, Steven Daily, Howard Hallis, Mack Hill, Jim Mahfood aka FOOD ONE, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Jeret Ochi, Osgood Perkins, Raymond Persi, Renfield, Fill Marc Sagadraca, Christopher Stangl, Elan Trinidad with items from the private collections of John Cogan and David Mandel.

The show will continue in exhibition from March 7 until Saturday, March 22 at the Melt Gallery.

7522 Sunset Blvd, L.A., CA, 90046
March 7 – 22, 2009
Artist’s Reception Saturday, March 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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