George Lucas may be opening an Art Museum
So what does the Galaxy’s most famous director and creator of one of the more popular space franchise Operettas of all time do now that he has relinquished control of his vast galactic empire? Apparently Mr. Lucas may very well intend to open an art museum in order to shape young minds the way his was shaped as a young man.
In a recent interview with the CBS Morning Show, Mr. Lucas took a reporter on a tour of the iconic Star Wars creator’s Skywalker Ranch. He revealed his desire as a prolific art collector to open an art museum saying, “There is a world of young people who need to be inspired.”
Mr. Lucas went on to talk about several artists who were great influences to him such as, Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parish. He continued to illustrate the idea that a good portion of those things he knows of storytelling he learned through his love and appreciation of art. He specifically touched on the ways in which an artist constructs his or her canvas in order to encompass all the ideas they have in mind and all within the one frame of the painting they are working on.
It seems Mr. Lucas intends for the new museum to be open in San Fransisco saying, “[It's] the idea of being able to paint your fantasies which is what Star Wars was. Star Wars was there to inspire young people to imagine things, to imagine going anywhere in the universe and doing anything you want to do and using your imagination to entertain yourself.”
I would also add on a personal note that I sincerely hope Mr. Lucas will also consider contemporary work dealing with non-classical or traditional forms of art as well. From 3D animation to science fiction illustration and even a genre very personal to me, the science fiction cartoonist! For years now, at least since I was a boy, magazines like the now defunct Starlog Magazine, along with current news stand favorites such as as The Star Trek Magazine, The Star Wars Insider as well as Sci-Fi Magazine, have striven to help make the science fiction fan laugh through a fun and hopefully humorous take on the genre’s favorite television shows, movies and characters.
There is a short list of individuals that I would ask Mr. Lucas to consider in this sub-genre of the “Sci-Fi Cartoon” and while this is by no means a complete list, these are some Sci-Fi Toon peers of mine whom I highly respect and whose work I love to look and laugh along with. These individuals being; Tom Holtkamp, David Reddick, Leah Rosenthal, Dave Garcia, Kevin Brockschmidt, Alain P. Chaperon, Bob Muleady, and myself, Tye Bourdony, if I may be so bold as to include myself in the company of such talented individuals. These artists have toiled simply for the love of making fellow science fiction fans laugh and in my opinion deserve recognition for an important even if smaller contribution to shaping the humorous part of the young, middle aged and older minds, as the science fiction fan comes in all shapes, sizes and ages.
Apart from my personal digression, I absolutely love this idea of Mr. Lucas opening a Museum and applaud him for taking such a visionary and alternate path with respect to additional legacies he shall spend his time, energy and passion on. What could be more important in some ways than shaping, influencing and culturing the minds of the young? Well done Mr. Lucas and May the Force be With You!!!
Written By: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator and science fiction reporter. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the staff Divorce Mediator and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit tye on facebook and www.thelightersideofscifi.com.