Wednesday, June 30, 2010

0028. Artie, the Strongest Man in the World

Artie is the Strongest Man in the World, apparently, and without contest, in the Pete & Pete Universe. The Adventures of Pete & Pete was a golden age Nickelodeon afternoon drama that aired from 1993-1996. The show's loose premise and surreal elements made the show a favorite for many teenagers. A good exaple of just how downright bizarre the show was, was the presence of Artie- a grown man in undersized pajamas who hung out with the children of Wellsville. It was never made clear if he was real or imaginary or literal or symbolic, or even as creepy as he seemed, but his presence was never questioned in canon.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

0027. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, a titled bestowed on him for being one of the most popular and successful entertainers of all time. He pioneered the art of the music video, championed a whole new class of choreography, and above all, created a lasting library of music that remains inarguably genius. His definitive album, Thriller (1982), remains the best-selling album of all time. Regrettably, time and history warped the music-industry hero into a tabloid sensation, and between terrifying plastic surgery and accusations of child abuse, to a new generation he became little more than a freak. But to those who remember, he is a symbol of art and success in the music industry, and a standard and inspiration to musicians of all genres all over the world.

Monday, June 28, 2010

0026. Super Mario

Mario, one half of the Super Mario Brothers, is kind of like the patron saint of gamers. He first appeared in the game Donkey Kong in 1981, getting his own eponymous game in 1983, and has since appeared in over 200 games and other incarnations, including live action and cartoon entertainment.

Friday, June 25, 2010

0025. Mahatma Gandhi

To call Mahatma Gandhi any one kind of idol would be a disservice. While he is a celebrity, a national icon, and even a religious figure, he has persevered most as a symbol of peace and non-violent resistance.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

0024. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a fictional comic book character from the DC Comics universe. Introduced in 1944 and continuously published since, she was created as a feminist role model, flexing independence and sick combat skills.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

0023. St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi is the patron Saint of animals, the environment, and one of the patron Saints of Italy. He was also the founder of the order of Franciscans. He believed in living a life of poverty and kindness.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Artist Statement and Posting Schedule Update

Read the Artist Statement for The 1000 Idols Project here.

Starting tomorrow, Idols will be posted five times a week, Monday through Friday!
That's five whole Idols a week!

Thanks for following along!

0021+0022. Hikaru Shindou and Akira Touya

Hikaru Shindou and Akira Touya are the main characters of the Japanese boy's comic epic Hikaru no Go (lit. "Hikaru's Go"). The story centers around the culture of the game of Go, an ancient board game popular in Japan. When Hikaru no Go gained popularity among Japanese youth, so did the actual board game- previously perceived as an "old man's game." Hikaru and Akira are 11 year olds, the former a middle-class goof-off haunted by an ancient ghost, and the latter the high-class son of a Go champion. The two spend years chasing one another through the world of professional Go in this coming-of-age tale.

Friday, June 18, 2010

0020. Seiko Matsuda

Seiko Matsuda is known as the "Eternal Idol" in Japan. Her idol career in the 1980's was a lasting one, recording and performing to this day. A national sweetheart, she had 24 consecutive number 1 hits, and although that record has since been surpassed, she is still on theTop 3 list of Most No.1 albums, Most Top 10 singles and Most Top 10 albums.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

0019. Mameshiba

Mameshiba is a mascot from Japan, a brilliant mascot phenomenon that has spawned extensive character merchandising. Part dog and part legume, Mameshiba shares "bean knowledge"- or little facts, whether you've solicited it or not. He prefaces his gifts with the phrase, "Ne, shiteru?" meaning "Hey, did you know?" He comes in a variety of forms, best explored through his commercials, which can be viewed here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

0018. Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is one of the true divas of America, affectionately known as the "Queen of Soul." She has earned 18 Grammy Awards and made 20 No.1 Billboard R&B hits.

Friday, June 11, 2010

0017. Son Goku

The Dragon Ball franchise of comics, animation, toys and goods is one of the most massive of its kind in the world- with over 500 episodes of animation and counting (not including movies), 42 volumes of comic novels, and more action figures than you can shake a talking pig at. The hero of this massive legacy is Son Goku- an unbelievably sweet, naive alien boy that can kick the ass of pretty much anything in the universe. 25 years after it began, animation and toys are still being produced, with no lack of interest to this day.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

0016. Martha Graham

Martha Graham was an important pioneer of American modern dance in the 20th century. She Established the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in 1926, and her methods and theories are widely taught to this day. She was named "Dancer of the Century" by TIME magazine. The background of this idol is inspired by a dance she did in collaboration with artist Isamu Noguchi.

Monday, June 7, 2010

0015. Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore is a character from the best selling novel series Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling. While Harry was the star, Dumbledore served as the rock for the series- always dependable, always trustworthy, and, it turns out he was gay, too. While some reacted to the news negatively, others have found the revelation to be positive in terms of gay rights and acceptance. A gay rights group spokesperson said, "It shows that there's no limit to what gay and lesbian people can do, even being a wizard headmaster."

Friday, June 4, 2010

0014. Athena

Athena is the Greek goddess of strength, wisdom and justice. She was pretty bad-ass for a goddess.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

0013. Bob Ross

Bob Ross is best known as the host of the 1980's PBS TV show, The Joy of Painting. Ross was a gentle, soft-spoken host, sometimes compared to Mr.Rogers in style. In his show, he guided the audience through the completion of a full landscape painting, and later marketed his method and brand of products with great success.