“The artist is always beginning,” poet, ex-patriate, and “intellectual crack-pot,” Ezra Pound, once wrote. “Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth. The very name Troubadour means a ‘finder,’ one who discovers.” Neo-pop is certainly nothing new, despite the constant change in mediums. But, William Steinman’s self-termed “dark” Neo-pop is certainly a conduit for the discovery and invention for which, according to Pound, the artist is responsible for. In particular, Steinman’s “Wu-Tang Ain’t Nothing to F**k With” (Pronounced: Wu-Tang Ain Nuttin ta Fuck Wit) is a glimmering (perhaps, shinning, squeaky-clean, or any other adjective that fulfills the intended pun) example of discovery and reinvention.
And, I will tell you how: First, note that Wu-Tang, made popular by RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ghost-face Killa, etc., is a Northern Chinese style of Kung-Fu which places a heavy emphasis on sword-use and style (Think: Leonardo, the infamous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle). Also, note that brooms are not swords, yet have inflicted damage one might expect from a 27” broadsword. Do you see anything new? If not, consider, then, the ground. Is it dirty? What would normally be responsible for sweeping up the mess? If your still lost, maybe you should start back at the beginning. Steinman will be there, waiting for you at http://www.williamsteinman.com/index.html
By Scott Warfe