The newest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead titled “Clear” is now being heralded as possibly the second best episode next to the series pilot, and I can agree, it was amazing. Not only for the full circle storyline of Rick and Carl visiting their home town and running into Morgan, the man who initially saved Rick and gave him the will to go on living, but finding Morgan living in a beautiful world of Art.
Is and has Morgan been a secret artist all along, or has the isolated world he’s been thrown into unlocked his true love of art, and his inner artistic potential? The minute Rick, Michonne, and Carl step out of the car the screen begins to fill with a giant sculptural installation piece spanning a full town block. From this point on in the episode there is rarely a shot that doesn’t have art somewhere on the screen.
The great use of type on the intersection broken up by the white lines, the three rows of abandoned cars, multi-colored arrows painted directly on the street leading in different directions, the various writings on tarps. Ladders leading to strange windows color coded to match the arrows on the road. An oddly placed blue door standing upright in the road leading to nowhere, this is brilliant.
The tower with various ropes and pulleys in the middle of the parking lot created to be able to traverse the road from above without being bitten, is not only functional but beautiful. Morgan truly has a gift.
“Let me give you a tour of my studio, actually, I will talk to you more about my work when I regain consciousness.” The interior of the building is art on a whole other level.
Aside from all the great words of varying sizes and colors, erased, written over, crossed out etc, there is on one wall with an amazing birds eye line art drawing of map of the town, and the areas of the town that have been cleared, and the areas that are burnt out. This map reminded me of a Loren Munk Painting.
Being trapped in a prison so long, Carl thought he might never see the color blue next to orange in such a beautiful way. The R being reversed adds to the illusion of the artistic fall from sanity. The artist has obviously thrown his full self into his artwork.
Her favorite work is of course Venus de milo. I only assume this of course, because she is somewhat of a sculptor herself. She sculpted two of her own out of zombies earlier in the series.
As the artist wakes up Rick fervently asks him how much he would have to have for this work. “I know removing a wall will be difficult, but you must understand, money is no object.” Rick forgets that money actually is “no object” in a post zombie apocalypse, but for the past few episodes he has been following ghosts around, so you look past this. The walls of the prison are too drab, and this is just the right thing that would bring some life back into the old place. Rick tries to commission a drawing installation for just one cell block, but Morgan puts his foot down.
So the question you have to ask yourself is, is Morgan going crazy, or is he just ahead of his time?
Art by Jean Michel Basquiat
Written by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”