CANTON – The “Marvelocity” exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art captures the viewer’s attention in true superhero fashion.
Pictures are compelling and dramatic. The colors are vibrant and striking. And Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man and other timeless characters dare you to look away.
They were born of Alex Ross’ brushstrokes, whose photorealistic art style has been compared to Norman Rockwell.
“Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross” is the centerpiece of the Canton Museum of Arts winter exhibit, which runs through March 6th. New exhibits also include “Tom Franco and The Ice-Creams: Beyond Struggle, When the Future Hello Meets Identities Deep Roots” and “Usound: Hannah Pierce Ceramics.” A fourth winter show is “POP!”
Franco, brother of actors James Franco and Dave Franco, is a co-creator of the Firehouse Art Collective in California, a community-based project that provides space for artists.
His folk art represents images of the Bay Area and “shared global culture, as well as scenes of inner life in the subtle realms of reality,” the Canton Museum of Art said in a press release.
Pierce’s narrative – driven sculptures mostly portray bizarre characters and images from urban environments.
The San Diego-based sculptor’s “storytelling reveals subtle undertones of historical influences, such as German Expressionism, Indonesian shadow puppets, and early 1900s animations that use paper carvings while being most influenced by pop surrealism,” the Canton Museum of Art said. .
Max Barton, CEO and CEO of the Art Museum, said the exhibits collectively “explore exciting fantasy worlds, pop art and pop surrealism, and folk art storytelling.
“There’s something in each of the exhibits that can really delight art lovers (and comic book fans) of all ages,” he said.
The museum’s opening hours are 10am to 8pm Tuesday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1pm to 5pm Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Members get free admission, and the museum offers free admission 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday through sponsorship by the PNC Foundation.
Tickets can be purchased at the museum or in advance online at www.cantonart.org/. Masks are still required in galleries. Admission is $ 6 for seniors and students; adults, $ 8; and children and military veterans are free admission. More ticket information can be found on the museum’s website.
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The museum, 1001 Market Ave N, will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
A celebration marking the opening of the new exhibits is from 5pm to 7pm on December 9 at the museum. Sponsored by the PNC Foundation, the public can see all the new exhibits at the free event along with the curatorial staff while meeting the exhibit artist Franco.
Alex Ross art
Considered an elite cartoonist, Ross is known for revitalizing classic superheroes into art.
Since the 1990s, Ross has illustrated iconic characters such as the Black Panther, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four and many others.
Ross’ art is so revered in the comic book community that he was asked to paint an extensive mural on the walls of Marvel’s offices in New York City, depicting 35 superheroes.
More than 50 of Ross’ works will be on display at the Canton Museum of Art, including busts and original works in the 312-page book published in 2018, “Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross” by Ross and designer Chip Kidd.
Ross expressed passion for his work in a video about the “Marvelocity” project.
“You hope to be able to relate a sense of energy, urgency and enthusiasm to people that there is a flash of spirit coming out of superheroes who have always worked for me,” he said. “That it’s not really about the practicality of what they can do … (and) it’s not the practicality of adult men beating each other up in costumes.
“It’s really not about that,” Ross added emphatically. “It’s a visual metaphor. And that metaphor can be too many things, but it’s mostly just about the energy and enthusiasm that can be found in life’s fun.”
Sketches at the age of 3
Museum visitors will also learn the story of how Ross evolved from his childhood drawings and preliminary sketches to being a leading illustrator, including his paintings and three-dimensional head busts of Marvel characters.
Born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Ross’ talent can be traced to the age of 3, when, according to his mother, he grabbed a piece of paper and drew the content of a TV commercial he had seen moments before, artist explains on its website.
As a 13-year-old, he wrote and drew original comics. Ten years later, Ross was hired by Marvel Comics to illustrate the legendary company’s central characters in the comic book event “Marvels (1994).”
Christy Davis, the art museum’s curator of exhibitions, said superheroes appeal to all ages.
“And it’s a great opportunity for families to get together and interact with their favorite heroes while appreciating the artistic talents required to do what Alex does,” she said of the “Marvelocity” exhibit.
“The exhibition shows art that children can relate to what Alex created as a child, and then see how his skills evolved over time to today’s recognition,” Davis said in a press release.
Marvel planted artistic seeds
Marvel inspired Ross’ earliest comic book-style renditions, he said in a video on the mural.
“Right from the start, Marvel was probably the center of my comic book experience because I went from drawing things based on fairy tales and history books,” he explained. “Things like ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ were things I drew when I was 3, but when I saw Spider-Man at the age of 4, my interest turned really strongly in that direction, and saw the rest of my life. , drew characters with a focus on superhero themes. “
Ross would also go on to illustrate “Uncle Sam,” a 96-page story published by an imprint of DC Comics that explored the dark side of American history, he notes on his website.
Like Marvel, the individual tracks of “Uncle Sam” were collected in a single volume and remain in print today.
Ross’ work also celebrated the 60th anniversary of Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman with full-color tabloid-sized books depicting each of these characters, using their powers to inspire humanity as well as help them, the Canton Museum of Art explained .
Drawing of the Beatles
Ross has also worked outside the comics field, including creating a limited-edition advertising poster for the Oscars.
In 2015, Ross was commissioned by Apple Records to illustrate the four members of The Beatles based on the 1968 film “Yellow Submarine”.
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