A Roy Lichtenstein counter-exhibition called Image Duplicator is going to be showing at the Orbital Gallery in London from May 16-31st. Although I don’t live in London myself (I’m in the US), I’ve contributed the piece above.
The concept of the exhibition is to go back to the artists Lichtenstein borrowed from without attribution and create our own version of the panel, giving credit to the original artist. Contributors include Dave Gibbons, Howard Chaykin, Rian Hughes, and Jason Atomic.
In the Facebook group where artists are organizing, there was a discussion about how sometimes it seems like the biggest difference between “low art” and the same image recontextualized into “high art” is just the scale of the canvas.
In response, I jokingly Photoshopped a Lichtenstein onto a London skyscraper and put my name on it, and claimed it was a proposal for an installation. Rian Hughes liked it enough that he asked if I’d redraw the image based on John Romita, Sr.’s original, which is what I’ve posted here.
So if Romita’s original was merely art, and Lichtenstein’s version is Art with a capital A, would this be ART IN ALL CAPS?
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