Being children of the 1980s, any art collection containing a piece called Wonder Woman Bum was bound to make an impression, and we weren’t disappointed with the double impact of POW! POW!, curated from works by Lora Zombie and Sandra Chevrier.
The two artists though are more interested in the heroes of the comic book page rather than the TV and film adaptations that have taken the world by storm since Lynda Carter donned the spandex. In that less gratuitously violent time, the characters of Marvel and DC duked it out in fist fights with their foes, onomatopoeic sound effects ringing out through page-splitting lettering as each blow landed. In POW! POW!, young Russian street artist Lora Zombie puts the comic back in comic book with her tongue in cheek depictions of Batman and ‘Spidey’ – his Spider-senses don’t tingle for incoming bird shit apparently. Chevrier’s more serious Cages series melds female figures with heroic action to look at preconceptions of gender roles and feminine strength. The two have joined forces to exhibit at Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, California, until 11 September.