‘ The idea, that the piece of work is not finished until the audience come to it, and add their own interpretation, and what the piece of art is about, is the grey space in the middle-that grey space in the middle is what the 21st century is going to be about”
David Bowie talking about the internet (1999)
2008’s “Incarceration” looks like it finally hit it’s mark, albeit as a meme, but shared no less than over 50,000 times regardless. It’s the kind of stadium level exposure, that being on the cover of Juxtapoz couldn’t have afforded me. Regrettably, the swine who originated the meme, not only neglected to credit my work, but also cropped out my name. Damn!
That would be some fuckery right there, except to say, I’m too old, ugly and block worn to add it to the lifetimes list of personal effrontery’s, back stabs and pass overs, to bend myself too much into a pretzel about it.
I mean, go tell it to Da Vinci.
And as the better David predicted when he invited participating members to download art from his website to rework and deface, it’s an inevitable consequence of the web, that all culture is to be reclaimed and co-opted.
If Art is the last truly democratic roar, then it’s one which has no currency or cachet beyond the one afforded by the viewer, and as a friend of mine supposed, it’s something of “a back handed compliment” that a long forgotten work, has resurfaced and made such a remarkable, reaching impact.
In these days of columns bloated with divisive opinion, its a measure that my art was able to transcend the boundaries and be relatable on a fundamental human level.
Regardless of the delivery of the medium, it continues to be arts greatest function.