Thursday, 25 March 2010

The Unreal God And Aspects Of His Non-existent Universe - the comic

The Unreal God And Aspects Of his Non-Existent Universe was a fine art illustration installation for the University of Lincoln Fine Art Degree Show This Is It 2008.
This comic re-appropriates imagery from the original Take On Me video, exhibited within recreated space from the video, drawing visitors into an A-ha fan's world and the world of A-ha's iconic 1986 Take On Me comic book world.

All images copyright Helen Dearnley 2010.
No images are permitted to be downloaded, copied or reproduced from this site without express permission of the artist.

In June 2011 I was given the opportunity to exhibit work at Alley Cafe in Nottingham. For this exhibition, I printed updated copies of the comic following more recent encounters with A-ha and experiences during their final tour in 2010.
The exhibition at Alley Cafe was entitled "How To Make A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later (Flow My Tears, A-ha)" and ran from 2nd June to 4th July 2011.
The cafe location was site specific to the work, following on from the girl reading the comic in a cafe in the original video.

Limited edition copies of this comic are available to buy @ £3 each plus p&p - contact me if you're interested!!


  1. Hi Helen!

    Have the guys ever see this work? It's absolutey fantastic hon, you really are talented!


  2. Not yet Marie xx I plan to have copies printed - at the moment there is only one physical copy, but due to a family bereavement I've yet to find funding for that. I did take the only copy to the O2 gig, but I never had the opportunity to meet the band that night. They will probably kill me for ruining their classic video!! My favourite photo is of myself and Scott - who many mistook for Morten! - when I shared the comic with him at the Ha Ha Bar

    Eventually it would amuse me greatly to actually meet the band and have a photo taken of myself, Morten, and hopefully Magne and Pal reading the comic!! Existentialism rocks! Who knows, maybe @ RAH :-)

  3. Morten is now the proud owner of a copy - as you know I was lucky enough to meet him in Sheffield. I have an exhibition coming up @ Alley Cafe in Nottingham June 2011 - details:

  4. I now have copies of the comic printed and available for sale @£3 plus p+p updated for 2011.