Mise-en-scène

A rendezvous with comics and movies.

In this project I set forth expressing my love for movies through my professions; comics, illustration and design – challenging my approach to the language of comics by extensive use of conceptual grid layouts as the basis for framing the content. Movies and comics are two mediums with both similarities and differences, which I think met in a rather fruitful way, complimenting each other in some aspects by highlighting their individual strengths in mutual awareness. But also apposing each other in other ways. The arranged date struck a bright spark of love, and the posters you see below will not be my last. Read more about the exhibition and received fundings for the project below. 

 

The Shining (1980), directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on a book with the same name by Stephen King.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003), directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Fargo (1996), directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Barbarella (1968), directed by Roger Vadim.

Reservoir Dogs (1992), directed by Quentin Tarantino

Edward Scissorhands (1990), directed by Tim Burton

These posters do not have the aim to «sell» the movie in the traditional sense of the poster function, neither tell the complete or linear story of the individual movie. They express my interpretation of the specific movie. Aspects I find intriguing. As such, the approach to each one varies in style and amount of information displayed. All visual aspects (for example typography) is deliberately made different from the official visual attributes associated to the specific movie. Giving myself the opportunity to have creative freedom, means to experiment and creating something original. They were all researched, planned, drawn with pencil, and colored in the duration of a month, in order to have a collection ready for my very first separate/solo exhibition, which I named Mise-en-scéne. Six posters were presented at Nobel Bopel in Bergen, between 31st of August and 23rd of October, 2016.

The work itself was supported by a project scholarship from Grafill, with the following research question in mind as an open starting point; How can comics – both visually and narratively – benefit from experimental and extensive use of grid systems? The project was also a vital part of an establishing strategy with an aim to exhibit new work in a public space in Bergen. New assets in this establishing process were supported by Bergen kommune through an establishing scholarship i received in the spring of 2016. Thanks! 

Below you can browse photos of the prints. 

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August, 2016
© Åge Peterson