Assignment 7

I have mixed feeling about appropriation in art. I feel, it is a form of inspiration, getting your own, “new“ idea from existing references. On the other hand, it feels lazy and deceiving. I make the distinction between the two on case by case basis; the things I consider are how much of the original work is appropriated, in what form, how much of the artist’s input is in the new piece, and what is the intention. To me, Richard Prince’s type of appropriation is unwelcome; I do not judge it and I do accept it’s existence, but I do not support it. When it comes to my work, I looked at other photographers for inspiration (imitate the light or a pose, create similar mood), but I try to come up with a “new“ idea. There is a difference when viewers say “your photographs remind me of so and so’s work“ and “your photographs are this photographer’s work.“

 For this piece, I appropriated the appropriation, bringing to the original state. I recent Prince’s approach, and personally, would not call his work art.

For this piece, I appropriated the appropriation, bringing to the original state. I recent Prince’s approach, and personally, would not call his work art.

 Warhol’s Marilyn piece is very different from Prince’s case, in my opinion. The image Warhol used was a widely used image of the actress and the silkscreening process of creating the piece became its main characteristic. I found this grid online and subtracted 20% of the peels for every new copy. Slowly, the piece looses its clarity (value), at what point we stop the appropriation?

Warhol’s Marilyn piece is very different from Prince’s case, in my opinion. The image Warhol used was a widely used image of the actress and the silkscreening process of creating the piece became its main characteristic. I found this grid online and subtracted 20% of the peels for every new copy. Slowly, the piece looses its clarity (value), at what point we stop the appropriation?

 Original

Original

 My retouching

My retouching

This photo is of a young journalist, Esther Honig. A few years ago, she sent this photo to retouchers from different countries encouraging them to alter the photo based on their countries beauty standards. This is an acceptable form of appropriation to me, initiated by the original piece creator supporting changes and giving the freedom of interpretation.

Here is the article.

 I took this photo in early Fall, and this is a clear appropriation of street art. However, in my defense, I consciously included the garbage in front (to add to painter’s point of the environmental crisis) and the fire hydrant (for the scale reference). I wonder if I am being subjective here.

I took this photo in early Fall, and this is a clear appropriation of street art. However, in my defense, I consciously included the garbage in front (to add to painter’s point of the environmental crisis) and the fire hydrant (for the scale reference). I wonder if I am being subjective here.