領袖很大

 2010-2011

《領袖很大》系列是楊茂林在將近二十年之後,第一次又重新處理跟政治議題有關的作品。這個系列他仍然使用了一貫挪借卡漫人物再創造的手法,將卡漫裡可愛有趣、蠢得好笑的人物挪借來,跟人類歷史上的知識、政治、宗教……各種領袖形象結合。楊茂林將被視為中華文化最主流的儒家智者「至聖先師孔子」,跟卡通「海綿寶寶」的角色派大星結合成一個角色;把老想偷取蟹老闆蟹堡秘方,卻從來沒有成功過的浮游生物皮老闆,跟二十世紀最殘酷的兩個獨夫結合成兩個角色,這種諧擬式的陶侃是輕鬆調笑的,跟楊茂林在八、九十年代創作時的憤怒批判與對抗的心情,已是完全不同的情境跟狀態。


 

Prominent Leader | 2010-2011

For Yang Mao-lin’s Prominent Leader series he revisited politically oriented themes for the first time in almost twenty years. In the series he continued with his strategy of appropriating cartoon characters and adapting them with different techniques. This time he blended these amusing characters with historical intellectuals, politicians and religious leaders. He created a hybrid of SpongeBob’s friend Patrick Star and Confucius, the first teacher and sacred source of Confucian knowledge in Chinese culture. And he created a hybrid of Sheldon J. Plankton and two of the most ruthless and notorious dictators of the twentieth century: Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. These lighthearted parodies are very different from his work of the 1980s and 90s, as they lack the antagonism, criticism and hatred he felt at those times.


      

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