|Blue Chip Andy by CM@BDG 2011.|
Delightfully entertaining is the inside joke that Maiwald has assigned value to her own "stock" by attaching it to these top tier artists. Which brings me to another of my favorite topics to ponder, that being the ownership of art, (or, for that matter, if the act of an original creation is even possible . Can one artist add value to their own work by associating it directly with another artist? Even when it goes so far as to appropriate an iconic reference of said established artist?
Certainly Andy Warhol would be thrilled to have his image included here in the pantheon of great artists, rendered delicately and gaze-worthy in pop embroidery techniques. More likely, he would have surely felt snubbed to be left out. But again it is Andy Warhol we are talking about here, who excelled at adopting iconic cultural references into his work. With the Campbell Soup labels, we beg the chicken-or-the-egg-question by asking which put which on the iconic map. Then again, perhaps it was just a clever example of early art product placement. Touche' either way.
What I'm waiting for is some savvy performance artist to change his or her name to Andy Warhol and begin creating, signing and selling work as such. What would that do to art economics? Just call me Andy!
|"Blue Chip" installation by Christa Maiwald, 2011.|
|Blue Chip Merce by CM@BDGNY 2011.|
|Blue Chip Bob by CM@BDGNY 2011.|
|Blue Chip Laurie by CM@BDGNY 2011.|
|"Andre" embroidery on denim shirt by Alton DuLaney 2003.|
Of course I am singing to the choir while looking in the mirror, as a self-declared artist who enjoys craft-work such as embroidery, sewing (fashion, anyone?), and even quilting, as much as sculpting marble, oil painting, or great modern dance. I used a sewing machine to stitch out the portrait above, on the back of a denim shirt that I wore out to a party in NYC in 2003. Now it is framed on the wall, but its humble beginnings were on a hanger in the closet.
It's true freedom of expression, the Art/Life equation, whereas it is what it is and it is because it is. Or as my parents often told me as a child, "Because I said so."
Check out "Blue Chip" by Christa Maiwald at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery.