The New Wizards
3000 pixels x 5333 pixels inches
© 2013 Scott Becker, "as artist"
The 'old wizard's were essentially personages that appeared outwardly fearsome or just strange but in actuality embodied the definition of innocence and the projected human values of the late 1930's. The current set in front, (Jean Valjean - Scarecrow) - (Ironman - Tinman) - Laura Croft /Angelina Jolie - Dorothy) - (Werewolf/Van Helsing - Cowardly Lion) represent the antipathy in both times and viewpoint. As both are essentially creations of Hollywood where the respective characters and narratives contrast the ethos of each time. Of course, all of these wizards were manufactured avatars of their times, L. Frank Baum (1900), Victor Fleming (1939) and Baz Luhrman/Stephan Summers/John Favreau/Simon West (2012). The ironies, accordingly, abound.