Sunday, October 17, 2010

Everybody NOT Draw Muhammad Day

Readers will recall that a few days ago, I announced this Sunday to be "Everybody NOT Draw Muhammad Day" because I believe "that we must all stand up for our right not to draw Muhammad, else even that right will be taken from us!"

The response has been overwhelming. Among the billions of people who didn't draw Muhammad were three artists who went to the trouble of sending in their non-depictions of Muhammad. First and foremost is Dario Rivarossa, with the punny That's Not M!

That's Not M!
Dario Rivarossa

Mr. Rivarossa's work, with its vertiginous perspective from the upper heights of skyscrapers and its swirl of bright colors against a gray background, appears to portray Spiderman swinging through NYC's urban jungle, and perhaps another superhero as well, possibly Daredevil. Obviously not Muhammad!

Next comes a work sent in by Horace Jeffery Hodges, imaginatively titled Not Muhammad:

Not Muhammad
Horace Jeffery Hodges

Mr. Hodges, in a simple facial sketch against an even simpler, bold-red background, takes particular pains to ensure there be no misunderstanding, that this is not Muhammad! But is it also not art?

And finally, we see a true masterpiece of not-Muhammad art, En-Uk Sequoya Hwang's Daddy:

En-Uk Sequoya Hwang

Mr. Hwang's drawing is a bold postmodernist colored sketch that appears to allude to the Cubists with the triangular slap of black to his father's face, but the drawing also recalls the ancient Egyptian manner of portraying heads from the side rather than the front. There might also be an allusion to a famous sketch of Darwin, given the massive brow. At any rate, you see that Mr. Hwang's art looks nothing like Muhammad. Of course, it also looks nothing like me . . .

There we have it! Three great works of astonishing artistry not depicting Muhammad. Our right not to draw Muhammad is safe.

I hearby declare "Everybody NOT Draw Muhammad Day" to have been an astounding success!

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At 11:31 AM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

I initially thought the huge black space represented the void behind your artificial nose. But then I saw your nose, outlined in yellow, so now I have no idea what the black space represents.

I also couldn't help noticing the presence of chin stubble. Is this how you present yourself to your university students? Did En-Uk capture the harsh reality?

"Ah, but it is postmodern stubble!" guffawed Gandalf, eyes twinkling, as he pulled on his pipe and blew another smoke ring.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Weekends are for stubble. I still don't know about the black triangle. It's art, no need to understand.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:31 PM, Anonymous dhr said...

The response has been overwhelming. Among the billions of people who didn't draw Muhammad...

Hmm-m-m, how can you say that? Maybe the whole mankind did draw M., without telling you! We would need some bit of searching, home by home. To have it done faster, before any evidence can be destroyed, I will take the western emisphere, you the eastern one, right?

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Well, I've already checked the Muslim world and found no such drawings . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:07 PM, Anonymous dhr said...

Brand new! Finished right now:

no M at all

for the website

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Hmmm . . . I dunno, looks profitable.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:51 PM, Anonymous dhr said...

looks profitable

against an alien invasion, you mean? you bet!

[most probably in U.S. and Korea Tekkaman means nothing, but he is a star to Italian 40 y.o. anime fan-artists. Excuse me if I take advantage of your blog, but it was the first time I drew this Japanese super-hero, I was so excited that I couldn't help posting it... so, are only talibans supposed to be "the menace to rationality"? ha ha]

At 9:45 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Well, I didn't want anyone to image it was 'prophetable' . . .

Nice image, though, and good to see that you don't 'shirk' your work.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:07 PM, Anonymous dhr said...

I would like to do / to make one thousand thing more---

without the Net, life would be much sadder (not wiser, however...)


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