It Caught My Eye: Showin’ How Funky, Strong Is Your Fight

September 11, 2009 at 11:08 am in Art, ICME

archangelFound wheatpasted to a junction box on the north side of Venice Boulevard a couple blocks west of Hauser. I couldn’t skid my bike to a stop fast enough this morning to double back and snap this vivid vulgar take on Archangel Michael Jackson kicking Lucifer’s red ass straight outta heaven (click image for the bigger picture).

Certainly it gives new meaning to “Beat It”

They Told Him Don’t You Ever Come Around Here
Don’t Wanna See Your Face, You Better Disappear
The Fire’s In Their Eyes And Their Words Are Really Clear
So Beat It, Just Beat It

Not to get too bogged down in the religilousity of it all, but Saint Michael, aka the Prince of All Angels (and whose name in Hebrew translates to “Like Unto God”), was the leader of the army of God during the Lucifer Riots (some call it an “uprising”), and ultimately cast the devil out of paradise.

Michael Jackson was a singer, not a saint.

But subject matter aside, there are some interesting symbolic choices in this depiction. In most representations of St. Michael — and certainly in paintings of this biblical beatdown — he is shown bearing a sword. Yet here we have Jacko moonwalking over Satan having cast down his arms.

Who’s bad!?

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