I wondered why people weren’t responding, or even viewing my posts of the last week. I was particularly ambitious, and made 5 new art pranks combining original Photoshop art, art criticism, and humor. All the writing, design (such a magazine layout), and the art is by me. Below are the significant posts that didn’t appear in reader because my feed was not validated (If this happens to you, I now know how to fix it).
This is the one that started the problem. I admit to being disappointed people weren’t enjoying this one. I took a picture of me in a mall next to a rabbit figure, then Photoshopped it into a gallery space, painted big lips on it, wrote a magazine article hoax, and designed my own magazine layout to put it in. Lotta’ work went into this post. Few people saw it. Makes salient points about the art market and how sales determine what is valuable culture.
Next up, a very thorough analysis of Koons’ painting technique, with examples. I had to search hard to find high quality pictures to use as illustrations. But it also contains another hoax. That painting behind him is by me. This is also about power and authority in the art world. By putting my own “painting” behind him, it appears grandiose and worth millions. So much is achieved with appearances.
If you read the one above, you don’t really need to look at the one below UNLESS you want to buy a print, which someone did (my first sale during the year of art). My favorite Koons is actually by Kuns. After analyzing the living crap out of his work, I produced my own piece in his style, incorporating all his techniques and adding a couple new ones. I thought I improved on his direction. The result is rather lovely.
I busted my ass on this next one. Stayed up all night a couple nights finishing it. Don’t think that just because I made a giant bug in Photoshop that it was easy. No, I had to move around his legs to the front of his body, draw on a realistic dong, get lighting and shadows down convincingly. I put the people in. It tested my Photoshop metal. Asks relevant points about scale in art. It’s not just a joke, it works on several layers, including attacking the idea that the idea is more important than the execution in art.
The stencils are by me, but I did them in PS. Again, don’t think it was easy. I think it would have been easier to make a stencil and spray paint them (I learned to do stencil in art school). I even came up with my own signature tag! Actually, doing this helped me appreciate street art more. But I am questioning the elevation of Banksy’s stencil art to fine art selling for millions. THAT is more about celebrity and fetishization of the art object than about actual merit. By me, it would be kinda’ hard to be a stencil artist and NOT be as good as Banksy.
And finally another faux magazine article, designed and written by myself. What a pain in the ass, especially when you keep rediscovering typos and grammatical errors AFTER posting a Jpeg version. I had to post the main image 9 times before I finally got it right. I F up a lot. Here I did a write up in the third person, giving it all the apparent authority of an article in an art magazine, about the Banksy phenomenon and the art market.
And, just in case you missed the granddaddy of them all, this is the first in the series, though it DID appear in reader. No, there is no giant Sigmund, or an anatomically correct one (so to speak). That’s someone’s Photoshop homework assignment, er, mine.
Take a look at these if you have a chance. I invested countless hours into them, and they are quite informative about art in their special way, while also being (conceptual) works of art in themselves.