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ghost ride the whip

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Why isn’t this linking directly to the pdf? Instead it’s going to another page where you have to open the pdf…

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Before I saw this video, I was not naive to the idea that there was a market for fake art or hand-painted copies of famous work, but I was naive to the idea that there would be an assembly line fashion to these copies which contain thousands of “painter workers” just trying to pay the bills. I cried when I found out about this factory approach to painting. One of the reasons I was so heart-broken was due to feeling of exploitation of the painters and to some degree the works themselves. As my professor, Golan Levin, said: For an extra few dollars we can get a hand painted oil painting of an image that is of the same size as a high quality digital print. WTF!

But as I sit here and ponder whether or not the artists are being exploited, I think important to note that I’ve never seen any real evidence of exploitation: improper ventilation, improperly discarding toxic waste (oil paints and turpentine!), insufficient pay, etc. I would be very interested in seeing a documentary of the various conditions of the painter workers (assuming that the painters who have had years of experience and get paid much more than other painters who have never gone to school for art).

And as for the art works themselves…most of those painters are dead, why not let someone who needs the money make money off their idea, right? I will admit that I do find it rather interesting that the Chinese industrious factory mentality is really leaking into every market, no matter how refined it may be (or may have been).

So, I had originally thought that my image of the babies and brains was going to be somewhat interesting, but I guess I’ll have to go to the morge and steel a human brain so I can take pictures of it and put plastic babies on it… but then why don’t I just pour the plastic babies on it, take the photo and be done with it (without having to photoshop anything). boring. I’ve come to find out that the purpose of the image was so we could send it off to a chinese art shop so they can paint it. With that said, I’m more interested in having them paint a painting that I painted onto burlap to get a desired effect (based off a digitally enhanced photo).

amor perdido

I want to thank Golan for this awakening.

cheers

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For me, Daniel Canogar’s digital collages are tangible, familiar, and organic. He sets up an interesting set of parameters: digitally compositing these images vs. making you feel like you know you’re looking at, when you might not have the slightest idea.  You immediately become immersed and consumed by Horror Vacui because of its size and composition of the organic parts of our bodies that we are all too familiar with, but when posted up in such a fashion become more and more interesting to look at.

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brains and babies

brains and babies

I’m constantly fascinated by babies and how much knowledge they consume everyday as well as how much they forget. Here’s a composite image I created in response to that curiousity.  The brain was provided by rubber slippers in italy and the babies were taken from the Carnegie Mellon Art Store.

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“The Remix; The Skinny Something to Smile About”

This article was the most humourous of the four assigned readings. Things like this camera that can take 10 lbs off your figure are closing the gap between what is theatrical, dramatic, fictional and real. What is “real” anymore? Is the internet real? I suppose it would be if all we knew was the internet and we were totally emersed in it like the fat people in WALL-E.

On a different note, we should all order desert and buy these cameras.

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