10/12/12

Artful Conceptions #16: The A Frame (Part III)


Whether it's a comic book panel or album cover, there's only a finite number of ways you can arrange a canvas.  Naturally, there's going to be some patterns that emerge, and one that has intrigued me for years is the A Frame. From an armchair sociologist's perspective, it's rife with meaning and subliminal interpretations.  Sometimes it means "power" as in the picture above, but sometimes it takes on an altogether different meaning, usually sexual.

If you have any A frame examples you'd like to share, please drop a link in a comment.... or even better, email them to me (only vintage images please).  I have a feeling there will be many more A Frame posts to come.





























(this is an album cover BTW)







I think I got this from an issue of Heavy Metal from the eighties











8 comments:

  1. You forgot the most famous one: the For Your Eyes Only movie poster.

    The Boston Globe and the LA Times cropped everything above the knees, and the Pittsburgh Press painted a pair of shorts over the legs. For the children, of course.

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    1. This is part 3. Check out the previous posts on the subject for more memorable ones like For Your Eyes Only.

      http://my-retrospace.blogspot.com/2009/11/a.html
      http://my-retrospace.blogspot.com/2010/09/vintage-themes-12-a-frame-revisited.html

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  2. Tremendous A Frameisms there. I did a little thing of similar A Frameness a while back http://wellyousaythat.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/creativity-at-work.html

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    1. Thanks. If only I could include examples from the 2000s, my cup would runneth over. DVD covers are so unbearably lazy in their conception that there are almost too many A frames to count.

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    2. Quite right DVD covers are insipid compared to those mighty VHS sleeves

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  3. ArandĂș: Is that testicles on the creature's legs?

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  4. Pro's and Cons of Hitchhiking- Roger Waters. I remember a lot of giant price stickers strategically placed by the record stores.

    P.S. that album has got to be one of the highest points in the history of the studio as an instrument...

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  5. A Gil Kane classic:

    http://www.comics.org/issue/23212/cover/4/

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