For a week or so I’ve read countless diatribes against gallery artist Richard Prince, basically the Puff Daddy of visual art- appropriating the work of others and adding the equivalent of “uhn, yeah.”
I’m definitely no fan of Mr. Prince, but it’s unnerving that appropriation as an art form is getting such a bad rap. Changing existing ideas, imagery, etc. is essentially how creativity works. Very little in this world is wholly original. I created the above piece from one of several archival images I picked up at an antique store. Whether this goes on to a greater series, is merely a demo for something more original, or goes nowhere at all doesn’t really matter. It’s something essential to my personal creative process.