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The Rebirth of Cameron Frye by jasinski The Rebirth of Cameron Frye by jasinski
A piece for a group show at Gallery 1988: Venice.
The show is a called "The Road to Shermer" a tribute show to the movies of John Hughes. You know, classic teen movies from the '80s.

I chose Ferris Bueller's Day Off as it's the John Hughes film that had greatest impact on me back in the day. ***There are plot spoilers that follow if you somehow haven't seen this movie, you've been warned.***

After re-watching the film and contemplating a bit, the thought occurred to me that it is not really about Ferris Bueller. It's about Cameron Frye, Ferris's uptight best friend with a miserable home life and a lot of fears. Through the course of the film, Ferris doesn't change or grow, nor do any characters except for Cameron (and, to a lesser degree, Ferris's sister). Ferris acts as the catalyst by which Cameron is forced to confront those fears and (at least in his mind) overcomes them. The pivotal point of the film is the scene where Cameron throws himself into the pool. This is the only time in the story where Ferris seems to express real concern and emotion for anything. It's as if in this world, everything is a joke or a game, except this moment when Cameron's life is truly in question. Cameron is symbolically 'reborn' as he emerges from the pool to a new awareness that will allow him to deal with his father's anger in regards to his prized car. Cameron is the character in the movie I think most people can identify with and his 'redemption' seems the most compelling arch of the story.

Anyway, here's what came of it. If you know the movie, you should get most of the different symbols I threw in the piece.
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GuardiansFan1988 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
This is incredible! I watched this movie yesterday such a great scene..that's the prose and genius of John Hughes's work :D
Rob-Satanta-K Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FaolanEternal Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ferris bueller you're my heroooo :icontrollfaceplz:
katiekat228 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Fantastic picture and description! "Ferris Bueller you're my hero"
teragram98 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this movie!
rubygloom73 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best scene of the best movie ever!!!! OMG I LOVE YOU
olduwan-steve Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
I love this, with the dramatic poses and the symbolism it makes me think of Jacques-Louise David
snivellus747 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
"Ferris Bueller, you're my hero."

xD Love this piece, it's beautiful and I love this movie!!
A-Dance-In-The-Rain Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahaha this is wonderful!!
It's such an interesting turn in the movie where things are actually more serious.
GirlycardDracul Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Writer
Ferris Bueller you're my hero :pointandlaugh:
creamuu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
renartsam Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Woah! I've never ever thought about it that way!
Great piece. I love finding all the little different symbols here and there.
LeonieIsaacs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student
wow !
nosepovo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Ferris Bueller's Day Off! What a GREAT movie!
Annazeta Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"When Cameron was in Egypt's land....let my Cameron go." Love it. Never thought of it that way, but you are absolutely right!
dharmavan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
you are muuuuuuthurflipping brilliant
xx950xx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Ferris you're my Hero!
-Cameron Frye
gemini-tiger Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
A friend of mine said it was like Fight Club & Ferris is Cameron's Tyler Durden.
ans-pencil Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
surreal and very warm and lovely
BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
amazing! and I love your description.
Subcogitate Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student General Artist
This is fantastic!
Moiwrongoh Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Ferris Beuller you're my hero"
Pudsybear Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
when Cameron was in Egypt's land... cool image man :)
klemonade Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This has to be one of my favourite films, its just brilliant in most ways its such a happy film apart from Camerons emotional problems. I think your veiws are pretty welll thought out on the subject. There has been alot people who have thought of thoeries about the subject one of the most popular although I dont know if youve heard it, that in fact Cameron was the only one that existed through out the films and Ferrris was a figment of his imagination. Some refer to it as the ferris bueler fight club theory, its a quite an interesting way to look at the film.

Sorry for rambling on anyway love the painting it realy captures the moment for me.
mezzanineMinotaur Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Great work, I love the movie and this certainly does it justice above and beyond! :)
Keep it up!
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
i never thought about that movie that way.... this is a really cool concept!
breathingnoema Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
oooh! this has been my favourite for the longest time! ^^
thewretchd Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011   Writer
Excellent portrayal. Good explanation; I never thought of Cameron as being the main character of that movie but I think you're totally right.
DocHolt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
I love how the background is so different than the actual scene from the movie and is instead filled with subtle images. Yet, within 1 millisecond of seeing this I knew exactly what it was of.

really great!
SashaBrooklynEleanor Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
fantastico! brava! BRava!

or is it bravo?

Cameron is my favourite character, though now that you mention it, it really does seem that it is his story. Ferris is just the narrator
TamsTheGenkiQueen Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beautifully done - I love the dreamlike feel of the piece and your explanation of the movie as really being Cameron's story with Ferris acting as catalyst is SPOT ON. Brilliant!
daacidking Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
i love this it's very surreal with the masonic undertones and the symbolism great piece of art
OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
don't know the movie but it reminds me of that scene in the matrix when Neo pumps that bitch's heart.
ZODC Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
jasinski i know you like the connection in your drawings and you love colors
i would really love to see a drawing about the Egyptian revolution ( Red -white- Black - yellow )
am sure you will do an epic picture .. that will make us all Egyptians happy :)
just a suggestion

here a video that might inspire you :)
GhostlyToaster Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Writer
awesome movie and even more awesome piece of art. love it!
ArtisticSchmidt Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
"Ferris Bueller your my hero!" LOL Nice
BChapman Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is great!
NellyTheBean Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just awesome!!!!! I love this movie!!!!
KatieUnicorn Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
its very interesing and shoking
AlexVersolatto Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
i would tell you how awesome this is, but im sure you already know!
my favorite scene in the movie is when they are in the art institute of chicago and Cameron is pondering over Seurat's "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte".
whiteazaleas Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm having a nostalgia moment and its weird cause I'm almost as old as this movie.
Argocat8 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer

An all time fav movie, and this is a great ode to Cameron's transition!
random-nothings Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Student General Artist
"Ferris Bueller you're my hero." FAVOURITE LINE.
tdlob Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Wow.... deep....
giantmothlbr Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this made me smile inwardly AND outwardly. cheers
pandalemur Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Ferris Beuller is one of my favorite movies as well, but the symbolism you've pulled from it makes me love it even more. I don't know how I missed it!
melovebeanpole Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Bueller. Bueller. Bueller....
lookicanpaint Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
fucking brilliant
mayple Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I think this is a great piece, wow
galad Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
hah nice, is that roony's eye?... gummie bear? it's been in my pocket, they're real warm and soft.
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