Christopher Gideon Creates Alternative Iconic Baseball Cards

By: Corinne Guirgis - Published: Jul 17, 2011 • References: christophergideon and booooooom
Michigan native Christopher Gideon reexamines America's pastime through his baseball card artwork. Baseball cards are one of the oldest collectables for kids and adults alike. Although some are more iconic than others, cards that pay tribute to famous baseball stars both new and old can be worth thousands of dollars. Gideon creates comedic statement works that modify the celebrated cards of legendary stars and teams.

As Gideon describes his work on his website, "The body of work is an ongoing collection of exorcisms, casting out the fears, symbols, ideologies, and false identities imprinted on Middle America, often expressed in imagery that is as much satirical as it is socially relevant."

Implications - Certain hobbies and pastimes are ingrained in American culture. Consumer products, artworks and activities inspired by these iconic activities are popular as a result of the feelings of familiarity they incite.