Q: What is it with Chris Ware?


His comic is in the MCA. I get it, it’s’ s empty, it’s depressing, it’s the least notable day of your life in cartoon form. Why then, is it so popular? It’s Empty. It’s the celebrated empty. Why is empty so hip in our culture? Look everyone, I found this really empty, boring thing, how about, lets celebrate it, let celebrate it… What is wrong with my contemporaries that this takes up a whole floor of an art museum? I understand the absurdity of it, I understand the making the everyday remarkable by recording it ( Look at me, I write a blog), I just am peeved that it’s been elevated to such a level, how far will we exploit it, will there be a syndicated cartoon on late nights of people unceremoniously undressing and getting drinks of water for hours on end. However artfully depicted they and the architecture are, it’s still empty. Are we all so full of ourselves and what we perceive to be our intellectual genius that we are willing to hold the empty above all? This is our hero? This is all we get? I could be wrong, maybe I’m not seeing enough of the beauty of it, or seen enough of it at all, but I’m willing to take the chance and say that I’m in the right… the comic is just not that good, it’s boring… and so mundanely depressing. I know that there are many many educated and entertaining critics that disagree, hell almost all of NPR is infatuate with him. Alas, I don’t know him, just his well drawn mundane comic…

5 thoughts on “Q: What is it with Chris Ware?”

  1. ah yes. but that it irritates you makes it even more. it’s not just that it’s absurd, but it’s funny. really it is.

    comics are the original [graphic] vernacular]- populist/working-class/anti-thing to the ghettoed museum piece. but look here, chris ware who loves all things old-school, quirky, flourished, detailed, dated (ephemera, ragtime, comics), colloquial shows a stark graphic piece of ’empty’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art (near the magnificent mile!) to people who most likely live it and pay to come see it. that’s hilarious. funny, good, smart-ass stuff. maybe i’m wrong. but don’t be a hater just cause he is, my smart / funny pregnant woman living-in-the-Full. i’m painfully jealous of you both-

  2. Ok Lana, So maybe in retrospect, I am a little jealous too. ( Like my secret lothing of Bjork, just who does she think she is: being all cute and talented anyway?!!) However, even in recognizing the humor in nose thumbing “high art”, it doesn’t change the fact that I am disturbed that this is what we’ve come to appriciate. Paris Hilton for all!

  3. mixmaster. i like bugging you here best after a drink or two…

    which explains the ramble blah non sequitur style-oh yeah. speaking of bjork. seen cremaster 3?

  4. I haven’t seen cremaster 3,2, or 1. Being the Phillistine that I am, I refuse to see anything that might be culturally relavant, especially, if that bit of culture has married Bjork. Or maybe it was that they were showing all the Cremasters last year at the Art Institute and I didn’t want to admit my admiration and lack of creativite follow through to a bunch of Art Students ( You know who you are). Either of those two or the invitation was for cool kids only.

  5. well. i was just going to say that you missed a lot. and then not much at all. just like art school.

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