Joe got me thinking about finding art with meaning behind it to write about, and coincidentally I stumbled upon Mike Mitchell’s website, which I have previously been to and really liked, but somehow forgot about.
What I really like about Mitchell’s work is that he has a lot of different pieces; some are personal, and some, like the iconic “I’m With Coco” poster, have strong opinions behind them. Most of Mitchell’s personal pieces are a bit cartoony and funny, and he uses these elements in his more opinionated pieces. For example, as an outcry against BP’s major oil spill, Mitchell did a piece parodying Spongebob Squarepants. Mitchell did another piece against BP with more serious imagery.
Like I mentioned above, Mitchell tends to use more “cutesy” styles in a lot of his work, but when the “cutesy” styles are mixed with a more serious and negative topic, it makes them all the more menacing, like this piece he did of Mickey Mouse:
Obviously with the money signs in his eyes, and Disney's prominence in the United States (and the world), Mitchell is making a statement against the company. The caption reveals what “Mickey” is thinking, and while it might seem blasé and whimsical, it has a far deeper meaning behind it.
You can find Mike Mitchell’s art here.