Not Sure If Art
A second limited edition (of 50) screen print I did for the “Memes” show featuring over 100 artists at Gallery 1988, Melrose. Show opens tomorrow, Friday 4th 7-10PM and all of the work will appear on the website on Saturday. Best times.
I can settle this
it’s the second thing
Did your parents help you pay for your degree and do they honestly think they got their money’s worth
now i’m usually the kind of person who says “anything can be art” but
this is where the line is drawn
this is so funny because i literally just took an entirely class on art and law, and the third segment was completely based on appropriation art, which this is.
to clarify, appropriation art is obviously using other existing images and possibly copyrighted works to make your own piece. generally, what’s very important, is that the MEANING OF THE ARTWORK has changed significantly. for instance, the people who took the famous picture of HOPE Obama and changed it into images of the Joker, etc — this is appropriation art. they are USING the meaning of the original to change the meaning of their own. it is an ironic type of work, in a sense.
there are a lot of appropriation artists, though, who really DO draw the line. there are some who say, “this piece has no meaning” in a way to challenge the art world. “it’s not my job to educate you about the piece, it’s your job to figure out the meaning for yourself”; this is what a lot of appropriation art is about, as well as modern/abstract works.
this piece honestly really clever, because the memes that are spread all over the internet are using an image of a copyrighted character. this is just a framed meme, and in itself, is a meme, and forgive me if i’m really impressed with the layered meta-meaning going on here, hahahahaha. anyway, i encourage people to look up real cases of (arguably) shitty appropriation art, like in the case of a lot of koons’ banal series, or one of my most personal favourite love-to-hates, cariou v. prince.
the original on the left, the remake on the right. cariou spent YEARS researching rastafarians and their lifestyle and carefully capturing the profound images of their culture and lives. prince, an appropriation artist, took 40+ of his images and basically just sprinkled a little photoshop onto them.
they sold for a solid million apiece.
so, before you decide to trash this guy, i encourage you to look at the real type of appropriation art out there, people who take original works and make literally millions of dollars in profit, and secondly, check out the guy’s facebook! for fuck’s sake, he redid famous paintings in 8-bit:
and CARVED A FUCKING DOUBLE DRAGON II SCENE OUT OF WOOD:
art feelings. well, at least my college education has been good for something.