Watching historical paintings of war sceneries is a little bit… well, I’m not excited, terrified or emotional like this, if emotional at all. Many of those I have seen are either cozy or pathetic.
In contrast to them, those crazy bashing scenes drawn by Albert Uderzo are at least funny. Not to mention that they lack the violence of violence at all. As Obelix is running with an innocent laughter into the choreographic Roman rows, just in order to destabilize them into pure chaos. Oh man, that’s pure joy! 😀
What about war movies? Well, for some guys they are even more than just fascinating and attracting.
So, how can chaos aptly be expressed? And I’m not speaking about the cute and dearest chaos of not getting one’s schedule organized or one’s flat tidied up…
I found Sam Vanallemeersch to be an artist having found an interesting pictorial language. Interesting in the way that chaos appears to be chaos!, but simultaneously he seems to realize the aesthetic problem in depicting the bad, the ugly, the evil, the dirty and frantic excess. Whether this strange kind humour is apt, I leave it up to you. But for me it works well in this context. (Click on images for a real large version.)