basic project of art is always to make the world whole and comprehensible, to restore
it to us in all its glory and its occasional nastiness, not through argument
but through feeling, and then to close the gap between you and everything that
is not you and in this way pass from feeling to meaning. It’s not something
committees can do. Its not a task achieved by groups, or by movements. Its done
by individuals, each person mediating in some way between a sense of history
and an experience of the world.”
The SKETCHBOOK ADVENTURES of PETER POPLASKI. Introduction by R.Crumb. Published by Denis Kitchen Publishing Co., LLC www.deniskitchenpublishing.com
THE R.CRUMB HANDBOOK By R. Crumb and Peter Poplaski MQ Publications Ltd, London and New York. Book promotion tour : London, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.
EXHIBITIONS / BOOKS / PROJECTS 2005
Expo X Three paintings (tryptique). Galerie du Bout du Monde, St. Hippolyte du Fort, France
Exhibition of the original drawings of "The Sketchbook Adventures of Peter Poplaski". St.Norbert College, Baer Gallery. De Pere, WI, USA.
Exhibition of the original drawings of "The Sketchbook Adventures of Peter Poplaski". Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota, USA.
EXHIBITIONS / BOOKS / PROJECTS 2006
Yankee Realist / Flemish Expressionist Peter Poplaski and Rika Deryckere. March 29 – April 22 2006, Allen Priebe Gallery University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wisconsin. USA.
EXHIBITIONS / BOOKS / PROJECTS 2007
EXPRESSIVE ANATOMY Book by Will Eisner with PeterPoplaski published by Norton, USA.
ZORRO le Mythe et l'Image, une étude sur l'image archétype du héro masqué. septembre 6 – 29, La galerie de La Médiathèque Lucile Aubrac Ganges, FRANCE.
EXHIBITIONS / BOOKS / PROJECTS 2008
June till September, (du 6 juin au 21 septembre 2008). Deux artistes peintres exposent leurs regards, Salle d'exposition de l'Office de Tourisme de Saint Hippolyte du Fort, France.
DVD PROJECTS ZORRO le MYTHE et l’IMAGE, FROM PRAHA TO PILSEN MY LIFE BETWEEN CAPPUCCINOS
EXHIBITIONS / BOOKS / PROJECTS 2009
THE ARTIST AS HERO Festival de Cinéma et de la BD de Clermont l'Hérault January 2009. Exhibition et la projection DVD slideshow, lecture and performence with french comic artist CASA. Clermont L'Hérault, FRANCE.
February/March IN THE DETAILS : Ylvisaker Drawing Invitational Bethany Luthern College, Mankato, Minnesota, USA.
Mai THE HISTORY OF UNDERGROUND COMICS, 1960 - 1990 The University of Wisconsin, Madison.USA.
Mai/June Métamorphose Salle Regain Mairy de Sorgues en Vauclude Sorgues, FRANCE.
TARZAN! ou Rousseau chez les Waziri Musée du Quai Branly, 15 juin - 27 septembre 2009. Paris, France.
Planches originales de BD Américaines Galerie 9e Art, septembre 24 – octobre 8 Pigalle, Paris.
Dédicase / booksigning at BD Spirit, Paris 18e The sketchbool adventures, 13 december 2009
EXHIBITIONS / BOOKS / PROJECTS 2010
NEVILLE Museum of Green Bay Wisconsin january-march
PRINTS, Peter Poplaski, Robert, Aline and Sophie Crumb, Rika Deryckere, Mathieu Lewin and the artists of the galerie Vidourle Prix, SAUVE FRANCE, may 1 - october 2
LA TOUR DE MÔLE, paintings, engravings and drawings. SAUVE FRANCE, June 4-July 4
"ROOD ROUGE ROT RED" De Scharbielie, De Panne, Belgium september-november
AVAILABLE ARTWORK AT: BD Spirit, Montmartre, Paris Galerie 9e Art, Pigalle, Paris
Artist Peter Poplaski finished a cartoon that is ten feet long for his
exhibition at Bernard Mahe’s Galerie 9e art located in Pigalle in Paris, France,
which ran from September 24th to October 8th, 2009. This
show is like a retrospective with examples of cartoon art from all periods of
Poplaski’s diverse career: 1970s underground, 1980s Marvel, covers for Death Rattle, The NewAdventures of The Spirit,
Superman: The Sunday Classics, Batman: the Sunday Classics newspaper
comic-strip collections for DC Comics, Tom
Strong pages, but a 10
foot cartoon of Marvel monsters from 1961, what’s that
panorama of Marvel monster characters evolved out of a dream I had in November,
which I saw all these comic books I had read and loved as a kid, suddenly
turned into a television series in which the weekly show was divided up into
three stories done in three different styles: the Jack Kirby monsters were done
in stop-motion animation (like the original King Kong), the Don Heck story was
about monsters created with make-up (Rick Baker), and the third was a Steve
Ditko story animated like The Simpsons.
The Marvel monster comics, written and edited by Stan Lee: Strange Tales, Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense, and Journey Into Mystery of the early 1960s
imitated and mixed together the Godzilla type monster movies, and the old
Universal Frankenstein monster movies, with UFO paranoia and the Twilight Zone TV show sensibility of how
weird reality really is. What made these comic books oddly compelling was the
idea that the monsters were essentially just stand-ins for grownups, adults who
were destroying the world, or at the very least the “American Dream,” with the
Cold War, Communism, and the Atomic Bomb. It was the period of the bomb
shelter. Later, in 1962 and 1963, when this monster fad was fading, Marvel,
which was Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, had the inspired creativity to turn the
monsters into “super-heroes with problems,” thus was born the Fantastic-Four, Ant-Man, theincredible Hulk, the Amazing Spider-Man,
Iron-Man, Thor, and all the rest of what people now think of as summer
movie blockbuster events, rather than old 10 cent comic book characters. I was
working free-lance at Kitchen Sink Press in Princeton, Wisconsin
at this time, and the Cadillacs and
Dinosaurs comic book KSP published was in development for a Saturday
morning cartoon series. I have been asked on occasion to create something new
that can be developed and marketed, but my focus has always been working on
something that caught my imagination as a child. Such things may be clichés,
but they can sometimes become iconographic to our evolving sensibilities.So, how do you provoke interest in or sell a
TV series idea if you don’t have an option on the rights, or haven’t written a
script. I started with the merchandise. I thought if I drew a 15 or 20 foot panorama of the
monster toys that would be possible, (because toy merchandise is more
profitable than comic books) some big-shot at Marvel might jump on it. So I
began drawing a Jack Kirby monster or two everyday around my other work for fun
and got as far 10 feet,
well, 10 feet,
two inches, to be exact, on this larger than life idea before putting it aside,
because, after all, you can’t copyright an idea, and who wants to give
corporations free ideas for no money anyway?”
Peter Poplaski is painting and drawing
in Wisconsin and the south of France. Right
now he is participating in the exhibition TARZAN! Ou Rousseau chez les Waziri, from June 16 to September 27, 2009 at the
musée du quai Branly in Paris.
He is currently developing I’m Drawing As Fast As I Can, his second collection of sketchbook drawings and Zorro: the Myth
and the Image, a book about media and the
heroic archetype in western civilization.