Art Image of the Week by Kelley Walker
TGIF!! Which also means, time for our next Image of the week! First, Thanks to all the wise and thoughtful readers who shared their views on the Ryan McGinness painting last week. I was frankly surprised, given his popularity and museum credits, at the high percentage of commentators who
totally trashed didn't appreciate Ryan's work.
This week, I choose an image from 2006 Whitney Biennial Artist, Kelley Walker. The image is titled "Disaster 2" 2001. It's a digital image CD Rom and print on Canvas 7 by 9 feet.
He started with an Anti-capitalist poster of a road collapse, where then he's filled the water regions with neon acid looking orange, giving us a somewhat apocalyptic image.
Much of Kelley's work has involved
steeling appropriation of commercial and mass media images, but then he's twisting their meaning with his own not so subtle messages. Last year, he was voted one of the Top Ten "Greater New York" Show Artist Most likely to succeed by New York Magazine.
For additional information on artist Kelley Walker and this specific image, also check out this very helpful site by the Saatchi Gallery. Also, here's a review by the always brilliant Jerry Saltz of Kelley's March 06 show.
So what do you think about this image and Kelley Walkers work?
- "The Warhol" of the new millennium or just another copy cat artist riding the coattails of other masters?
- A powerful brilliant hybrid work of art & photography, or a seen that, done by everybody work?
- A great new media artist or sensationalized clumsy digital/photoshop print maker?
- Just another Biennial
trashflash in the pan, or a provocative artist to be collected?
- A fresh new thought provoking artwork, or a common slick commercial like media ad image?
So? Two Thumbs up to down?? All comments welcome!
Stay tuned.. The Next post will be the July MAO ART Quiz... FYI.. It may be a bit late due to a badly needed 4th of July
mental vacation break..and plus.. I have not figured it out yet!