Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, Maggie and Robbie
This just in (though its been at least a year in the making). Robbie Conal, street artist provocateur, will debut on The Simpsons (above) guest-voicing as himself. Here he is with his poster “Contra Diction” in the all-new “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart” episode of The Simpsons airing Sunday, March 4 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on Fox.
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For those who don’t know him, Robbie Conal is a veteran poster sniper. “My hot issues are democracy, global capitalism, televangelism, and the environment—so far,” he told me. “When I reach the boiling point, I draw or paint adversarial portraits of the perpetrators and add a couple of satirical, punning words. Colloquial American English is the most subversive form of communication on the planet and humor helps. It’s the only way to stand (in both senses of the word) and deliver what’s going on.”
Photographer, designer, computer graphics wunderkinds, and friends work for him. “Somehow we spit out a combination of image and text that could pass for ‘infotainment,'” he says, modestly. Funny, but not nice. Critical, but not slanderous. On the edge. Just enough to tickle people on their way to work in the morning into thinking along with us about issues that make him gag. This isn’t just art about politics, “it is politics,” he says. And as David Lynch would say, Robbie sticks his finger into the zeitgeist and slips it to’em.
Congratulations, Robbie, on your elevation to Simpson’s status along with Mick, Paul, Ringo, Sting and Art Spiegelman.
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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →