Love your demons. Or at least, if they are as cute as Milton, befriend them.
Michael P. Glover created Milton, an angelic hero coming from hell, a candid little black hairy-ball demon who tried to find his own right way to exist on Earth. He encounters, in quest of identity, a whole lot of people but it is in Eve, a young girl, that he will find a true friendship.
Glover has a Christian background. Before moving to New York to develop artistically, he grew up in conservative family in Alabama. He went to church. But to him, religion and churches are concepts that, as people get older, they constantly questioned, Glover said.
Don’t get it twisted; Milton is not Glover’s autobiography! But, of course, most of the characters for which Milton was based, were people Glover knows, girls he dated, family members, people he encountered.
The work involves black-and-white animation with some spurs of colors that pop out for moments and feelings. Milton the demon boy doesn’t tell but shows. There are no dialogues but Moby-ish melody that accompanies the characters actions. Cute. Clever. We-and particularly I- love it!
It is something that he had in his head and wanted to expand upon the screen, Glover said.
With only one animated scene so far, Milton the demon boy has some real potential as it deals with serious topical subjects, such as religion, life, changing and the breaking-away phase that often goes along growing up.
As “The Boondocks,”an animated comedy series based on Aaron McGruder comic’s strip, Milton could be a funny cartoon that tackles controversial issues and makes the audience think. Or maybe it could have the crude and degenerated humor of the South Park-animated television series by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Glover is adept with the dark humor and it is possible that Milton adopts some similarities with Matt Groening’s animated series, for instance. But Milton needs to carry a concept of its own, he said.
Also before dealing with the finding-agents-publisher issue and being a star of the small screen, Glover projects Milton to develop into a complete comic strip concept first, he added.
At Glover’s website, some part of the graphic novel project is exposed. In Hell, Milton skips class to escape from his demonic teacher. Also Morris Gallery exhibits some graphic novel strips. Milton has a first meeting with the super-hero Jesus Christ at Wal-mart!
The whole exhibition appears nostalgic and religious with contrasts that are more energetic and demented, freshman Lauren Schweer, majoring in Art, said.
The representation of the children in most of his work creates that idea of nostalgia that Schweer mentioned.
Glover does not have children but by picturing kids in his paintings, he reaches back into his own childhood, Glover said. The idea is to have something timeless and vintage, he added.
A frame into a frame, two scenes in one painting overlapping each other and the vibrant colors in the negative space are techniques that Glover masters. For example, his figurative painting called “Traspire” is displayed, with three children resting around a table and a happy dog trying to draw attention but, in the background, a mushroom, an atomic explosion, is shown.
His work deals with the incertitude of a fight between creativity or freedom, and conscience or innocence that goes away, he explained.
With another of his paintings, the fascinatingly-disturbing “Panic Attack”, he paints how September 11 affected him. It involves the irrational culture of fear that followed the tragic event, the frustration of war, the patriotic spirit that did not feel authentic, Glover said.
Different. It is different, said freshman Carlee Robinson, majoring in Computer Information.
With the different approach that he has in his criticism toward religion, politics and society, Glover embodies the idea of multifaceted artists.
Adept of the satirical dark humor, the comedian Bill Hicks makes Glover laugh. Attracted by the strange and weird, Henry Darger’s painting fascinates him.
Hard to forget-type of work, people have through March 4 to catch the fever. I mean, an inspirational and clever type of fever. The Glover-fever.