Wednesday, July 28, 2010


If you've been visiting this blog for a while, you know I'm a big fan of artist Ashley Anderson. I've written about a number of his works in the last year, including "Dark Cake" and "Enemy Bait."

Well, here's another fine example of this Atlantan's abilities--and it's quite a bit different from the previously mentioned pieces. It's bigger and more detailed, for starters. Also, it's got an edge and an incongruousness to it that isn't as obvious in his earlier works.

The imagery was pulled from the title sequence of Konami's NES classic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: The Manhattan Project, by the way.

Anderson says he used the imagery because he "liked the idea of how pre-September 11th games now carry an unintentional political charge if they contain any images at all of the Twin Towers.

"I am intrigued by how that kind of worldwide trauma even finds its way into the most innocuous corners of our experience," he adds. "There's a kind of echo that happens whenever we see images of the Twin Towers in old movies, photos, anything--even video games; it's a kind of sad, 'Well, there it is. We know what's coming.' And that's not even taking into account the active charging of such imagery after September 11th."

Go here to read more of what Anderson has to say about this particular piece, and go here to see more of his creations.

See also: 'Dark Cake' and 'Enemy Bait'


Viewtiful_Justin said...

What an interesting commentary. It's funny how it makes us when you encounter the WTC in Pilotwings 64...and it feels so wrong to fire missles at it now, but before? I'd shoot that thing all day long.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, see, that's just what Anderson was talking about it, wasn't it? How cool/interesting...