Comics artist Ortega helps ICA visitors share their stories
By Cate McQuaid GLOBE CORRESPONDENT
A good comic, says artist Dave Ortega, is made up of three things: pictures, words, and whatever the reader’s imagination fills in.
The words and pictures are building blocks, but imagination is the crucial component of “Comics: Frame by Frame,” Ortega’s interactive comics installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Bank of America Art Lab, up through June 26.
It’s magnetic poetry for the graphic-novel set. Ortega invites visitors to make their own stories, using panels he provides. He has designed 50 individual panels for visitors to play with. On Feb. 19 and April 22, Ortega will be on hand to do demo drawings and encourage nascent comics artists.
The panels feature stylized, blocky images in black and white. Many, printed on foam core, are mounted and movable over the walls. Others are on gridded tables, where groups can brainstorm.