Bruce Sterling Rant
SXSW Interactive 2010
Abstract Comic and Appreciation
Artist and Teacher
Art Institute of Austin
the ruins of the unsustainable are the 21st century's frontier
Socrates never did any work, he just hung around the agora tweeting and blogging
…the panel as a kind of window onto a world, becomes problematized in many
cases, particularly if one looks at abstract comics.
Derik A Badman. http://madinkbeard.com/blog/archives/abbott-1986.
In this series of abstract comic pages the narrative is the view of the artist moving
from panel to panel at the SXSW Interactive 2010 conference.
A panel form is painted into each painting in a shape formed of gesso. Often the
gesso is square or rectangular, but there are circular panels as well. Abstract
shapes flow over and around the gesso panels. These paintings were done live in
the audience at selected panels and presentations at SXSWi.
In a traditional comic the ink is focused into linear inking and lettering. Here the
ink is a wash that flows in the background.
Playing with the materials and constructs of comics in abstraction captures the
flow of the conference in which abstract ideas are debated, flaunted, and
compared in myriad discussions always partying with creativity, entrepreneurism,
success, and hope.
Each painting is ~ 7.5 by 11 inches in charcoal, gesso, watercolor, gouache, and
pastel on 140 lb Arches watercolor paper pre-stained with India ink, gesso, and
The original signed paintings are for sale, trade, or display.
If you reproduce the digitized images in this deck kindly attribute the work to
Thank you for looking at my work.
honoria.starbuck// at gmail.com