Dan Walsh’s Garfield Minus Garfield is a stroke of genius. But taking Garfield out of the strip he’s actually created something fascinating. The results are minimalist, existentialist pieces worth reflecting on:
Consider this with Garfield in it. Not really worth it, right? He says something inane and unfunny. But here, you have the genuine reflection on time and mortality.
The other interesting issue here is, of course, copyright. Hat’s off to Jim Davis for his recognition of appropriation/found art: “I want to thank Dan for enabling me to see another side of Garfield.” Bravo. Art is not (or should not be) about copyright, after all. Good artists borrow, great artists steal, Picasso may or may not have so famously said. But the copyright of ideas does more harm than good. Imagine if Davis had been a stickler…