Monday, February 27, 2012

Geo. Herriman

Geo. Herriman:

Garge himself

Here’s what my next screen print should look like—except less neon orange and more rust. I’ll try to update with a better version if I get a chance—or maybe I’ll just scan a finished print!

From e. e. cummings’s 1946 tribute to Krazy Kat:

…let’s make no mistake about Krazy. Her helplessness, as we have just seen, is merely sensical—nonsensically she’s a triumphant, not to say invincible, phenomenon. As for this invincible phenomenon’s supposed idiocy, it doesn’t even begin to fool nonsensical you and me. Life, to a lot of people, means either the triumph of mind over matter or the triumph of matter over mind; but you and I aren’t a lot of people. We understand that, just as there is something—love—infinitely more significant than brute force, there is something—wisdom—infinitely more significant than mental prowess.

You can read the whole essay, and much more, in Craig Yoe’s excellent Krazy Kat & the Art of George Herriman: A Celebration.

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