MAO Art Image of The Week - Kota Ezawa
So what do think of Art Appropriation ? Or more specifically, what about new young emerging artists, appropriating images from other, more established contemporary artists work?
Of course, OH SOO much has been
spewed articulated on this topic of Appropriation in contemporary art. For example.. see these:
- Here (a total wow, super cool website),
- Here (OMG!! an entire book on the topic) and
- Here (one of the more scholarly
dullJournal articles I've seen)
Plus many a
rich famous artist has based their entire career off of appropriation. Just to list a few.. Sherrie Levine, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, Tasumasa Morimura, Vik Muniz, etc..
Which brings us to our image of the week by new artist Kota Ezawa. The image is called, "Photography Remix - After Nan Goldin, 2005" it's Duratran transparency on Light Box, 40 x 30 inches. Here is a posting, from the Tate's Collection of the Original classic Nan Goldin photograph from which it was
This 2003 Stanford MFA grad, Kota Ezawa, is most certainly already a quickly rising star of the new art millennium.
Kota was a featured artist at the 2004 Shanghai Biennale, the 2006 Whitney Biennial's Wrong Gallery "Down By Law" Show, A Solo show at the Wadsworth Antheneum in Hartford, CT, plus he's also had some very gracious press already..
Kota Ezawa, and his Photo Remix series, was a winner of the SFMOMA 2006 SECA Art Award. Plus this image was featured on the cover of respected photographic journal, SF Camerawork
the Wrong coast copycat of Aperture in the Fall/Winter of 2005.
So what do you think of this image? And the work of Kota Ezawa?
- LUV it or Hate It? True Blue.. or just a Black and Blue?
- Can't Beat-It! A great appropriation, or just an inappropriate artistic beating?
- A visionary artist, or a photographer rip off with all flash and no focus?
- Just another copy cat artist cashing in, or a true cutting edge digital genius?
- A Warhol for the digital age, or just pain old tomato soup?