The Shape of Heroes and Villains

  • Thu 19.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
  • Fri 20.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
  • Sat 21.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
  • Sun 22.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
Main venue

With this piece, I sought to explore the archetypes of pop cultural heroes and villains that I’ve encountered through mediums of cartoon, comic and film by deconstructing and simplifying the character’s narrative down to contour and color. I drew the characters digitally by hand using a Wacom Cinitq and then overlaid them from each side to form a composite icon or a super hero and super villain respectively. I then animated the sequence of building each composite.

It can be near impossible at times to distinguish the difference between good and bad as generosity, nepotism, strength, weakness, desire, greed, charm, bewitchery, avengement, vengeance, cunning, deception, charisma, and arrogance overlap. Who do you empathize with?

Duration: 0:33 min


Michael Koerner (USA)

Michael Koerner earned a BFA in Printmaking from Herron School of Art in 1996 and then embarked on a career in graphic design, before relocating to Scotland, where he earned an MFA in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art. He spent a further 5 years in Scotland combining his art practice, teaching and working with adults with learning disabilities at a Rudolph Steiner based art center.

In the fall of 2007, Michael moved back to the United States. He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media at Indiana University and teaches digital illustration, typography design, and publication/editorial design. He also runs a production & practice course that operates as an in-house design agency providing local non-profits with print and digital solutions.

Michael has been actively involved professionally in the arts for nearly 20 years and has a genuine, long standing record of utilizing an interdisciplinary and socially responsive approach. Satire is the thread that runs through the majority of his art practice. Michael’s work has been internationally exhibited and recognized by Sothebys, Bonhams and Phillips Auctioneers. It resides in permanent corporate collections in the US, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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