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Is it Copying, Remixing, or Just Chance? Website asks of similar artworks: Who Wore It Better?

Sunday 08.11.2013 , Posted by

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Call it a copy, call it a tribute… we might think we’re in the age of the remix, but we’re not: this has been going on for a long, long time. Just check out the mind blowing Everything is a Remix series by Kirby Ferguson or these creative comparisons from a fantastic site that asks: Who Wore It Better? Whether it’s Roy Lichtenstein directly appropriating comic book art from Joe Simon & Jack Kirby (and making a small fortune on the subsequent paintings), or van Gogh reworking Jean-François Millet’s painting in his own impressionistic style, there have been centuries of inspired ideas passed from one creative individual to the next… and even our most exalted heroes of creativity aren’t exempt from the practice. After all, as Picasso reportedly said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” [Read more…]

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Book Covers With One Letter Missing

Monday 07.08.2013 , Posted by

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After a bit of a hiatus, #bookswithalettermissing started trending again on Twitter. Here, book lovers celebrated their favorite literary works by remixing/erasing part of the title and following the hashtags’ self-explanatory instructions: get rid of just one letter. Before long Twitter was awash with ‘new’ books to be enjoyed all ever again: The Da Vinci Cod and Jurassic Ark, were notable examples. [Read more…]

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Discarded Paintings Remixed with Monsters

Friday 05.31.2013 , Posted by

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Regardless of how many good vibes or “happy trees” got painted into that old mountain landscape at the thrift store, there are few of us who would consider giving the dusty old painting a new home. Artist Chris McMahon might be changing that sentiment however, giving those old paintings a new and unusual chance at life. McMahon is part of a growing number of people remixing discarded paintings by placing strange new creatures into the scene. His Mountain Monster, shown above, is a good example of the technique. Through the tops of the puffy white clouds comes a massive four-legged beast set on total destruction (or is that just a smile?). [Read more…]

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Historical Figures Get a Modern Makeover

Monday 05.06.2013 , Posted by

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To celebrate its new series, The Secret Life Of …, the UK’s history TV channel Yesterday commissioned artists to work with historians to provide a modern characterization of some of the most famous figures in history, as if they were alive today. The remixed paintings provide an educational account of what each figure was like which is stretched to assume how they would dress and carry themselves today. Modern day Queen Elizabeth I sports a Hilary Clinton hairstyle with a stylish, designer suit and keeps her notoriously hideous teeth concealed with a straight face, though it’s likely she would have veneers in today’s times. William Shakespeare would surely be a hipster and he is shown with piercings and hair plugs to keep up with the actors of today. [Read more…]

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Cesar Santos’ Legendary Artist Remix

Wednesday 03.20.2013 , Posted by

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What if Picasso and Rembrandt had met to have cocktails in 1953? You can imagine the talks they would have had: electric, inspired, and maybe even heated. The work that could have spawned from such a conversation might have looked a bit like that of Cesar Santos. His paintings seemingly bring the works of masters – from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century to Modernism – together, juxtaposing their styles one on top of the other. It’s a patchwork of inspired painting. [Read more…]

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Superman Re-Skinned as Other Pop-Icons

Friday 02.01.2013 , Posted by

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Perhaps the most famous of all Superman imagery comes, not surprisingly, from his very first comic features. The cover of Superman #6 featured a smiling hero, his radiant face looking out on a world he was happy and generous enough to save. It’s classic Americana to the max. When artist Mike Mitchell recently took on the iconic image, he gave it everything but a new face – “re-skinning” Superman with the clothing of pop-culture icons far and wide, old and new. [Read more…]

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Animated El Bocho: Berlin Street Art Comes to Life

Monday 11.12.2012 , Posted by

Web based artist ABVH made a splash earlier this year when he payed tribute to Banksy’s street art by creating 6 animated versions of the iconic artists pieces. In those works, sign inhabiting rats sprung to life, policemen got amorous, and a parking lot became much more playful. Now, taking his cues from ABVH’s project, Berlin based artist Nicolas Molès has created animated work based on local street artist El Bocho’s playful work. [Read more…]

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Your Favorite Movies Remixed into An Audio Playground

Thursday 06.21.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to get enough of these amazingly beautiful movie remixes from audio/visual master Pogomix. It’s not so much about the video here though, but more about the intricate audio collages remixed from the sounds in each film. Pogomix does this adeptly, creating electronic music which sweeps us away into a nostalgic sugar high, reminding us of our youth and tickling our ears with smooth sine wave bass. He’s taken such hits as Hook, Harry Potter and about every Disney Princess movie, and created extremely catchy tunes using sounds from the films. [Read more…]

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Banksy’s Art Comes to Life

Friday 06.01.2012 , Posted by

Without a doubt, the most famous street artist in the world, Banksy, has taken the art world by storm… even when people at first ignored his talents. Now, elite galleries and collectors worldwide vie for his pieces, and photographs of his newest street editions make the rounds of the internet hours after they appear on walls. Here, many of his most famous works are re-created by declared fan Nick Stern using real people to emulate them. [Read more…]

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Bizarre Animations from Library of Congress Photos

Monday 04.09.2012 , Posted by

If the geniuses behind Monty Python had been working a number of decades earlier, their films might have looked a lot like these quirky remixed photographs from Flux Machine, the strange blog of Kevin Weir. Using vintage imagery from The Library of Congress, Weir cuts and animates his moving GIFs in a style reminiscent of the Flying Circus’ animations, creating something otherworldly and in this case, even a little creepy. Black and white images of russian Czars, german soldiers and even entire buildings, first appear as if they are the original print, then they quickly morph into something bizarre, unexpected and often amusing. [Read more…]

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