Monday, February 2, 2015

Jedi Jesus

If you are a Star Wars fan, you will probably remember the publicity shot of Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, in his long Jedi robe leaning on a staff. No, you don't remember this? Oh well. I took that  shot and turned Obi-Wan into Jesus, which in the original Star Wars movie he kind of was, when he sacrificed his physical body during the fight with Darth Vader. My friends and I all wondered why there was no sliced-up corpse left after Vader had at Obi-Wan with his light saber. It was just the robe, left there like Jesus's shroud, which was reconstituted as the equally mythical Shroud of Turin. So I re-did Alec Guinness as Jesus, and made him into an icon, which makes him "iconic," which is just short of "awesome" as the 21st century's most obnoxiously over-and-misused English word. Also, intense blue is a holy color. The lettering at the top is the Greek abbreviation for "Jesus Christ," and it appears on most Eastern Orthodox icons of the Savior. 

"The Blue Icon" is acrylic on illustration board, 9" x 11", July 1983.

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