Drawing

 

 

“The Abandoned Superhero.” As with most of my work, it deals with the inner world of manhood. “The Abandoned Superhero” is an exploration of our coming to terms with aging while holding onto our ferocious appetites. These are the appetites to conquer, fight, love, run and to fly faster and better than all. I want to collide life’s little insults that come with middle age with the innocent dreams, aspirations to do good, to save the day, and the desire to be Superman. Here on my stage, my subject is prepared to do anything. I want to place my audience in the uncomfortable position of judging a man. But, no matter their verdict, he will not reveal his intentions. He is ready to take credit for the death of a small creature should the job call for such an act. In spite of such judgments he stands in defiance.

Doing good is a wire act for my subject. He may be dismissed as a guilty man; a man who is wrong. Or, he may be embraced for being a saintly guardian who I want to elevate. In order to be the hero, the man in the cape must not run from his manly obligations; saving the day is not always glamorous or victorious.