Hanoch Piven
and yet more Castro
posted: February 21, 2008
This is one of the first collages I made. Suddenly I'm not sure whether it was done in 1990 or 1991. I was a student in SVA in NYC studying caricature first with Sam Viviano.
Then the following semester I continued the series I started to develop with Sam in a course with Guy Billout. I don't remember who of them was my teacher when I did that piece... I bought the fake cobweb in Gordon Novelty Store on Broadway, and smoke my first cigar (or at least the tip of it) . I have drawn many strong and powerful cigar smokers since then so I have become a small expert in smoking cigar tips.
Richard Allen February 21, 2008
The green shapes and cigar peg it as Castro but the fake cobweb is the killer touch here, conveying so much about his fusty reign.
Stephen Kroninger February 21, 2008
Simple, smart and to the point. Just like I like 'em.
Dale Stephanos February 21, 2008
Fantastic Hanoch.
David Goldin February 22, 2008
Ahhh, good old Gordon's Novelty. That place was strange. Nothing more unpleasant than buying fake vomit from a cranky person.
Hanoch Piven February 22, 2008
he WAS cranky, I thought only towards me..he looked like a jewish porn star whatever that is..
barry blitt February 22, 2008
This one doesn't look like Al Gore either