Image of Arcangel’s art work with the insanely banal title lifted from Heart as Arena who lifted it from AFC who lifted it from Cory Arcangel’s site
I kind of like Cory Arcangel’s Photoshop CS: 72 by 110 inches, 300 DPI, RGB square pixels, default gradient ‘Spectrum’, mousedown y=1416 x=1000, mouse up y=208 x=42 (2009) but not really–I should mention that Paddy of Art Fag City seems lukewarm about it [though as Paddy noted in the comments below, Karen Archey wrote the post] and Brent of Heart as Arena really loves it–and this is why…Jules Olitski!
Clockwise from left: All by Jules Olitski, “Tin Lizzie Green” (1964) (via); “Tender Boogus” (1967) (via); An Olitski from 1966 (via); and “Untitled” (1968) (via).
All Arcangel has done is offer a new (digital) paint job to one of Olitski’s 1960s signature styles. Not that all good art has to innovate 24/7 but just a little would be nice.
Btw, I spotted this description of Arcangel’s “Photoshop CS…” work on his wiki page:
“…[it] addresses the role of technology in determining the way that viewers appreciate art.”
Huh? It doesn’t do that at all. If anything it points out that in the digital age anything from history can be updated and copied with ease (and swallowed whole by sad collectors and bad curators). Sure that’s kind of interestingbut it’s nothing to write home about.
While I realize that Arcangel, like all net artists, wants to create things to sell (and make a living) perhaps he should study the history of art before making the leap into object making.
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